Sgraffito ware handmade in Pennsylvania. This original design was inspired by the work of Pennsylvania German potters. Handmade by me in my mid-1700s Pennsylvania stone house and was made by employing hand tools and techniques used by the Pennsylvania German potters in the 18th through 19th centuries.
Signed and dated June 25, 2023, "rain on the way!" (Mild drought)
10" diameter, 1 1/4" deep
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. When the piece is totally dry it is fired in an electric kiln – first bisque fired, and then glaze is applied and fired again. The completed piece has the overall yellowish coloring of antique redware plates on the front; the back is not glazed following the traditions of the early Pennsylvania potters.
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