I based the carved sgraffito design of this hand-built porcelain plate on an oil painting I did many years ago.
A friend and I used to have a joke, that whenever something came out of the kiln that wasn’t what we expected – the glaze turned a muddy brown, the walls had a crack, or there was some other major glaze flaw, we’d shrug our shoulders, say “oh well”, and toss it in our “dog bowl” pile. This large bowl came from that very pile.
Lily Pad Bowls are some of my favorite bowls to make. I make two versions in a few different shapes and sizes – one for the dinner table (great for salads and pasta), and another as functional art for the garden (a birdbath or birdfeeder), mounted on a copper pole. The copper picks up the color of the mulch and the green glaze blends in naturally with the surroundings.