I've been collecting vintage doilies for some time now and love using them for embellishing clothing, tablecloths and yes, even ceramic creations.
When they are covered in liquid clay and attached to a clay form the cotton burns away in firing and you are left with the beautiful lace pattern.
Here is an example of how I am using the doily as the pattern to cut varying size holes in the clay forming a flower frog.
This is a great way to repurpose damaged doilies.
These pieces had stains and the two small ones were ripped in the center.
When it came out of firing,
I liked the white matte finish so well that I chose to leave it and only glazed the insides and bottom to make the pieces water tight.
This is a fun way of repurposing someones handcrafted pieces beautifully
and preserving the past.