Pennsylvania German Folk Art Pottery - Sgraffito ware. The round flowers in the design are inspired by Pennsylvania German Redware potter Conrad Mumbauer (Mumbouer) b.1761 to d.1845 Bucks County, Pa.
igned and dated December 27, 2023, "rain"
5" diameter and 1 1/2" deep Gift boxed.
This plate is created employing the hand 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 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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Flowers with a Heart! - 5 Inch Bowl - Pennsylvania German Redware Plate
* Hand washing is recommended. The clay is porous, just like an unglazed terra cotta flower pot, and soaks up water quickly.
* Dry on a rack so air can circulate around the pottery.
* Place in a cold oven and then turn the oven on to avoid thermal shocks.