"To love and be loved is the greatest joy on earth" is a translation of the Pennsylvania German "Lieben und Geliebt zu werden Ist die Gröst Freud auf Erden".

Original design inspired by Pennsylvania German folk art.

This plate is created employing the hand tools and techniques used by the Pennsylvania German potters in the 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 over the mold (drape 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.   It is bisque fired, and then the tinted food-safe glaze is applied and fired again.  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 do sign, date and inscribe the day's weather on the back.  July 26, 2018, "sunny today rain, rain go away!"
9 3/4" diameter, 1 1/2" deep  
Gift boxed.

To love and be loved with the Peacock on a Tree

SKU: SG595