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The decorating technique for many of my pieces uses the ancient art of Sgraffito, utilized by the Pennsylvania German potters - scratching through a layer of white earthenware slip to the red clay beneath to create original and traditional Pennsylvania German designs. I make my pieces entirely by hand from red earthenware clay flattened with a rolling pin, then shaped using wood or clay molds....
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I grew up with Pennsylvania Dutch birth plates in our home and the feel of the different layers held such a fascination for me that I was eager to learn the technique when I got older and have been making plates for many years now. When I began to feel a little limited with the designs I started experimenting with the Celtic knotwork and using richer, deeper colors which resulted in what you...
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All pieces are glazed with a transparent amber glaze and fired to approximately 2000 degrees. All glazes are food safe. The matte or 'aged' finish is a process achieved after firing to give the piece a more 'primitive' look. Red Oaks Pottery can be found in stores and museums across the United...
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