This one-of-a-kind piece was handmade from a slab of red earthenware clay in a 1750's stone house. The design was sketched onto the piece with a charcoal pencil, then the design was scratched.
Can you find the four hearts?
Employing the tools and techniques used by the Pennsylvania German potters in the 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 over a mold (drape 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. It is bisque fired, and then the tinted 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.
Dated May 6, 2019, “sunny and cool”.
11 1/2" wide, 9 3/4" wide, 2" deep. Gift boxed.