Sgraffito ware. This design is my interpretation of a plate in the Philadelphia Museum of Art's collection.
"Lieben und Geliebt zu werden Ist die Gröst Freud auf Erden” Translation = "To love and be loved is the greatest joy on earth".
This piece was 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 kiln – 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 by me and dated - April 14, 2019, "the rain has arrived"
10" diameter, 1 1/2" deep.