This is an original sgraffito design hand made in a 1750's stone house located in Lehigh County, Pennsylvania.
Signed and dated October 29, 2021, "cloudy with rain".
10 1/4" diameter, 1" deep.
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. When the piece is totally dry it is fired in an electric kiln – first bisque fired, and 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.
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