Sgraffito ware handmade in Lehigh County, Pennsylvania. An original design. History books say peacocks were raised by the Pennsylvania Germans.
This plate is created employing hand tools and techniques used by the Pennsylvania German potters in the 18th through 19th centuries. Each piece 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, with a scratch tool, revealing the red clay beneath – the sgraffito technique.
Signed and dated March 10, 2020, "rain, sun, clouds".
9 1/2"wide, 7 1/4" tall, 1 1/2" deep