Intricate Black & Red Platter
Created by Jean Elton
The original model for this platter was thrown and trimmed on a potter's wheel. The casting form was made directly therefrom (with no intermediate plaster models required), enabling a slipcast process to create a light yet sturdy feel for a work that, in traditional ceramic renditions, is somewhat heavy and unwieldy. The interior is finished on a potter's wheel, fired to approximately 1800 degrees F, and then hand decorated by the artist, using underglazes applied with fine-tipped bottles and finished in a spray booth with a transparent gloss glaze. The object emerges from the final firing, which requires approximately 2100 degrees F to take the work to its final form: a lightweight (approximately 5 pounds) yet sturdy platter that can be used as elegant serveware (food, dishwasher, microwave safe) or as purely decorative ceramic art, best observed on a stand (not included).