"To love and be loved is the greatest joy on earth" is a translation of the Pennsylvania German "Lieben und geliebt zu werden Ist das größte Glück auf Erden"
The saying is on a fraktur found in the Schwenkfelder Library and Heritage Center's collection
( http://www.schwenkfelder.com/index.html ) . A photo of the fraktur may be found online at https://collection1.libraries.psu.edu/cdm/ref/collection/broadsided/id/4073
Original design showcasing the Pennsylvania German's love of tulips and birds.
This plate is created employing replicas of hand tools and the 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. Using an electric kin the piece 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 sign, date and inscribe the weather that day - October 28, 2018, "cloudy and cool"
10 1/4" diameter, 1" deep