I made Taos 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 “Taos” glaze consists of 4 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 green glaze which I also make. Then I pour a cream rust glaze over the seam of the first two glazes. I finish off the pattern by pouring red gold glaze over the blue area, allowing it to pool in places. And even though I have developed some skill in applying 4 different glazes to the surface, the melding of these glazes can still be quite amazing and surprising. Sometimes you will see figures. Other times a landscape or seascape. The glaze technique yields consistent yet varied results. It’s not too “matchy matchy”.
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.
Taos Dinner Plate is 10”Diameter. Use for meals, as an appetizer tray, or display.
Oven and dishwasher safe.
See also Taos Salad Plate