The neat thing about serving pieces I make in ceramics class is that they are oven safe up to 400 degrees (I think) and are dishwasher safe. I don't put anything in my dishwasher that I value because my dishwasher is lousy (long story) and I'd hate for anything I work on so hard to get chipped.
This piece has lots of good examples of shading, which wasn't that easy to do in the "olden days" of ceramics. But with new paints we have a lot more control. I used Stroke and Coat on this project. Most of the time you'll use Cover Coat if you go to a local ceramics store. You can see some good shading in the pumpkin and the apple.
We just got home from watching Inkheart at the theater. I enjoyed it, but I don't think you can really ever go too wrong with Brendan Fraser. Medium is about to come on, so see you later!