I was lucky to find really lovely Indian sari printing blocks that worked well in my clay. I used different pigments to wash into the imprints and then wipe back the tops to almost clean. Then only clear glazing the tops, leaving the backs raw.
I enjoy rolling the clay, allowing it to form the plate itself. I find I control so much in my life that I want the clay to take me instead. This does not always happen. It does with the plates and I have enjoyed making them for that reason.
With these ones I have used antique printing blocks which I love to hold in my hands. The fabric pigments from their intended use are impregnated into the wood.