Sgraffito ware. This original design was inspired by antique Pennsylvania German Redware pottery. "Lieben und Geliebt zu werden Ist die Gröst Freud auf Erden” Translation = "To love and be loved is the greatest joy on earth".
A very sweet engagement, wedding or anniversary gift.
I sign, date and inscribe the day's weather on the back. January 31, 2022 , "sunny and cold".
10 1/4" diameter, 1 1/4" deep. Gift boxed.
This bowl begins with red earthenware clay rolled flat with a rolling pin and cut to fit the mold. Then the clay is laid over the mold (drape molded) to shape it. When it is just dry enough to handle without losing its shape liquid clay (slip) is applied to the surface with a brush. The design is scratched into the slip revealing the red clay beneath – the ancient art of sgraffito. When the piece is totally dry it is fired in an electric kiln – first bisque fired, and then glaze is applied to the front of the piece and fired again.