This sgraffito plate 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. The plate is fired in an electric kiln. 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. February 1, 2020, "cloudy and damp". 7 1/2" diameter, 1 1/4" deep. Gift boxed.
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