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Handmade pottery has always been at the top of my wish list—especially decorative plates, trays and bowls with motifs inspired by nature. Since most are off the charts price-wise, I decided to make look-alikes using air-dry clay. I played around with shapes and imprinted patterns with leaves, texture wheels, even vinyl placemats. Admittedly, my faux versions don't have the same level of craftsmanship as porcelain or stoneware ceramics—and you can't serve food on them—but they can be gifted or used as pretty catchalls on a dresser or desk for keys, rings and other small items.
Tip: Textured mats create dramatic effects, like this wood grain look.