This design was inspired by Pennsylvania German pottery from the late 1600s through the 1800s.
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 Pepper the cat; dated February 12, 2020, "rain" 9 1/4” diameter, 1 1/4" deep. Gift boxed.
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