7" Scalloped Rim Porcelain Plate with Floral Design "Tattoo"

7" Scalloped Rim Porcelain Plate with Floral Design "Tattoo"

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This 7" diameter scalloped-rim english porcelain paint features a hand-painted floral design in the center. I have experimented for about a year playing with different techniques to "print" on pottery. I have studied several different traditional print-making techniques in this process and adapted them to the clay-world of materials. The design is painted on paper first and then transferred to clay in different stages depending upon the materials used. The transfer process if very satisfying to me - it's much like the application of a temporary tattoo; however, this tattoo becomes permanent at a bit over 1800 degrees Fahrenheit and then is glaze sealed in place to 2232F! Zoom in on the pictures to see the glaze effects closely. It is made of a white english porcelain. I often imagine being in the red-hot kiln as the glazes move and interact with each other to create their unique effects. Each kiln-load is like Christmas morning to me! The bottom features some doodles in the Mishima technique.

7" dia, 1" tall, 
plate w/hand-painted pottery tattoo and clear glaze, white english porcelain clay 

This item is one-of-a-kind. My one-of-a-kind work is called 'Heirloom' because somewhere deep inside me it is my hope that you will pass this along through the generations for others to enjoy its unique nature. I also call items 'Heirloom' when I've spent more hours decorating a piece than I could ever truly recover by charging a premium for it. It's part of the process I love. It's part of what makes the medium ever-changing for me. It's part of the challenge of what new creativity might be drawn out and onto my work.


My handmade pottery items are made individually when I "throw" clay on the potter's wheel to shape the basic form. Sometimes I literally throw it onto the wheel head to get it to stick well, but the process in-general is called "throwing". They are turned over, re-centered, and trimmed when the clay has been allowed to dry slightly. Sometimes I also start with slabs of clay that are then hand-built into their shapes vs. on the wheel. Handles and other clay additions are then added and the piece is allowed to dry very slowly to prevent warping or cracking. When the piece is completely bone dry it is fired in a kiln (think big clay oven) to a temperature of just over 1800 degrees F. After this first firing, the piece is then decorated with glazes that a much like a slurry of powdered glass in water and often do not look anything like their finished colors. When the glaze is dry, each piece is carefully loaded back into the kiln to be fired again to a temperature just over 2200 degrees F. This work is considered "mid-range" temperature pottery fired to Cone 6-7 upon completion.  

These items are one-of-a-kind, handmade items and should be hand-washed or top-rack dishwasher washed. They are microwave friendly; however care must be used to ensure you do not overheat them.

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