Even though I don't have a studio right now, I never stop thinking and studying ceramics.
Some time ago, I made small templates of basic forms: Round and square plates. The forms are small enough to dash off a sketch or toy around with a design and variation. I can run off a copy on my printer and expand the idea or upload it into my computer.
Here's an example:
The first one is a bit busy on the right side. And I would remove the small connecting lines at the bottom of the branch like figures.
All in all, I think this would make a good wax resist platter. It would be interesting to try this in scraffito too.
Here's a positive and negative of the same drawing. (The darker snake is the original drawing.) Although the snake image is about the same, the second image seems more of a 'fat snake'.
The third variation seems more dynamic just by adding another outline.