The bottles come from all over the place- friends, family, trash cans, bars and I suppose I could even hang out at the recycling center to collect some. Many in my immediate family enjoy wine, so bottles are usually readily available. Any glass bottle can be upcycled into a cheese tray. Obtaining the bottles is not difficult and I have at least 100 bottles in my studio awaiting washing. That is an overwhelming number of bottles and would take a long time to wash (and fire!) so I decided I would wash about 20 bottles. I won't bore you with the play-by-play of the whole afternoon but the bottles have to soak for about 30 minutes in soapy water before there is any prayer of the label coming off and then the bottle has to be scrubbed of residue and rinsed inside and out. I left them in the sun to dry. To be perfectly honest, it is the label removal that I despise. Some labels are gummy and some leave a residue that is almost impossible to remove. The bottles with difficult labels are destined for the recycling center. I certainly have plenty of other bottles ready to take their place.
This is what the bottles look like after they have been fired in the kiln up to 1475 degrees and slumped (flattened) to resemble a tray. They can be used as cheese trays, trivets or just for decoration.
|Bottles ready to be washed|
|Bottles soaking in a relaxing soapy bath|
|Bottles drying in the hot sun|
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