Liberty ! The Second Continental Congress selected the Bald Eagle as the U. S. National Symbol on June 20, 1782. "Give me liberty, or give me death!" is a quotation attributed to Patrick Henry from a speech he made to the Second Virginia Convention on March 23, 1775, at St. John's Church in Richmond, Virginia.

This piece was handmade in my 1750s stone house in Lehigh County, Pennsylvania.  I employ tools and techniques used by the early Pennsylvania German potters - 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 food safe 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.   

I sign, date and inscribe the day's weather on the back. January 21, 2020, "sunny and very cold".
7 1/2" diameter, 1" deep. Gift boxed.

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Liberty with Eagle Plate - SG834

SKU: SG834
$60.00Price