Sgraffito ware. This original design is inspired by antique Pennsylvania German pottery from the 1700s through the 1800s. This piece is handmade by employing the tools and techniques used by the early Pennsylvania German potters.  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 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.  

Signed and dated February 12, 2019, "snow, sleet, rain"
9 1/4" tall, 7 1/4" wide, 1 1/2" deep
Gift boxed.

Two Birds in a Tree Oval Bowl - SG693

SKU: SG693
$85.00Price