Sgraffito ware. This original design was inspired by Pennsylvania German craft. Handmade in a mid-1700s stone house built by Pennsylvania Germans.
Signed, dated with the weather on the back. July 25, 2023, "a beautiful sunny day not too hot - yet...".
11 1/4" wide, 9 1/2' tall, 2 1/8" deep. Gift boxed.
Each plate begins with red earthenware clay rolled flat with a rolling pin and cut to fit the mold. Then the clay is laid onto the 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. 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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