Pennsylvania German Redware pottery. Original sgraffito design.
Signed and dated February 21, 2023, "thunderstorms today"
7 1/2" tall, 6" wide, 1 1/4" deep. Gift boxed.
This piece is handmade in a 250+ year-old stone house. I employ tools and techniques used by the early Pennsylvania German potters - 18th through 19th centuries.
Each plate begins with red earthenware clay rolled flat with a rolling pin and cut to fit the mold. Then the clay is laid into the mold (slump molded) to shape it. When it is just dry enough to handle without losing its shape liquid white clay (slip) is applied to the surface with a brush. The design is scratched into the slip revealing the red clay beneath – the sgraffito technique. Using an electric kiln the piece is bisque fired, and then glaze is applied and fired again. The completed piece will have the overall yellowish coloring of antique redware plates on the front; the back is not glazed following the traditions of the early Pennsylvania potters.
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