One of my Special Edition Slipware plates. This plate has a much darker glaze than my previous work due to a recipe mishap or divine intervention ~ depends upon how one looks at it. The next version of this glaze may be slightly lighter as I do try to emulate the glaze coloring of the original slipware pieces that are 200 years old, while using a food-safe glaze and iron oxide. And yes I like the idea of a darker glaze. Thank you for looking!
Each plate begins as a lump of red earthenware clay that is rolled flat with a rolling pin and then cut to fit the mold. The design is created using the slip-trailing technique where slip (liquid clay) is drawn over the red earthenware. The edge is coggled giving it a crimped edge, and then drape molded (laid over mold) to give it nice, slightly bowled shape. Using an electric kiln the piece is bisque fired, and the glaze is applied and fired again. Food-safe glaze is on the front and the back of the plate is unglazed in the Pennsylvania German potters tradition.
Signed by me and dated January 31, 2020, "cloudy and cold"
9 1/2” diameter, 1 1/4" deep. Gift boxed.
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