Sgraffito ware. This original design was inspired by Pennsylvania German folk art. "Lieben und Geliebt zu werden Ist die Gröst Freud auf Erden” Translation = "To love and be loved is the greatest joy on earth".
I sign, date and inscribe the day's weather on the back. February 24, 2022. "cold, snow on the way".
7 1/2" diameter, 1" deep. Gift boxed.
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 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. Using an electric kiln the piece is bisque fired, and then 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.
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