I made Purple Sunset Dinner Plate on the potter’s wheel from a tan stoneware clay and then trimmed a slight foot which lifts the plate off the table slightly. It’s a flat plate with a slightly elevated wall and rolled rim, beaded to help protect it against chipping.
I allow plenty of time for dinner plates to dry because drying slowly helps prevent warping and cracking. First I bisque fire each plate, then I proceed to glazing. The “Purple Sunset” glaze consists of 3 overlapping glazes. First I dip about half the plate in a floating blue glaze which I make. Next I dip the remaining portion of the plate in a purple matte glaze I also make, leaving a gap between the two glazes. Then I carefully pour a red gold glaze between the two glazes and slightly over the seam of the first two glazes. I finish off the pattern by daubing “clouds” over the purple with the red gold glaze. Sometimes I leave the purple as an open space.
When I look at these plates, I hear that Neil Young song, “Unknown Legend”. The chorus goes, “Somewhere on a Desert Highway…she rides a Harley Davidson…”
Haha. The glaze also makes me think of an Arizona sunset.
Plates are well-balanced, medium light weight, sturdy, and durable. Start your collection. A pair or a set makes a great wedding gift, housewarming gift, anniversary gift.
Purple Sunset Dinner Plate is 9″ Diameter. Use for meals, as an appetizer tray, or display.
Oven and dishwasher safe.
See also Taos Dinner Plate