Sgraffito ware. This folk art pottery is handmade in Pennsylvania in mid-1750s stone house. The original design was inspired by antique Pennsylvania Redware pottery.
This piece is handmade by employing the tools and techniques used by the early Pennsylvania German potters in the 18th through 19th centuries. Each piece 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, with a scratch tool, revealing the red clay beneath – the sgraffito technique. When the piece is totally dry it is fired in an electric kin – first bisque fired, and then food-safe 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.
April 14, 2019, "rain on the way"
10 1/4" diameter, 1 1/4" deep.