Folk art pottery handmade in Pennsylvania in my 250+-year-old stone house. This piece is inspired by Pennsylvania German folk art.
Each piece 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, with a scratch tool, revealing the red clay beneath – the sgraffito technique. When the piece is totally dry it is fired in an electric kiln – first bisque fired, then glaze is applied and fired again. The completed piece has the overall yellowish coloring of antique redware plates on the front; the back is not glazed following the traditions of the early Pennsylvania potters.
Signed and dated March 11, 2020, "sunny and cloudy"
11 1/4" wide, 9 1/2 tall, 2" deep