Pennsylvania German Sgraffito ware. Original design handmade employing tools and techniques used by the Pennsylvania German potters in the 1700s and 1800s.
Made on November 20, 2020, "sunny and warm"
5 1/2" 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 - the Pennsylvania Germans used a wood fired kiln. 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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