Saint Anthony Wall Platter
Saint Anthony Wall Platter is a terra cotta wall mounted platter. I made this for my husband’s grandfather who is very Catholic. His patron saint was Saint Anthony of Padua. I took inspiration from the rose windows in Saint Anthony’s Cathedral and painting of St. Anthony; notably the lily flower and the gold halo.
The flower in the center is painted with underglaze over a blue slip.
The ridges of the “rose window” are built up and glazed with a low fire glaze that is called Old Pewter or Gun Metal Black from Amaco. I wanted the leaded stain glass look. To aid in the stain glass feel of the piece, I applied a sgraffito technique to the “panes” with white slip and carving away to reveal the terracotta beneath. After applying a clear glaze, while it was still wet, I sprinkled blue and green glass seed beads into the wet glaze. These melted during the firing, spread, and blended beautifully.
The outer rim was inspired by the images of golden halos in Christian art. I left this rim bare all through the firing process. Once everything was complete, I applied gold leaf to the rim. I did two layers and sealed the gold leaf and the back with amber shellac. I went with the amber (or as I call it, orange) to give the gold a deeper and aged look.
To mount to a wall, I applied a self adhering plate hanger to the back of the piece. This was really simple, I wet the cloth hanger with warm water and rubbed it into place on the back.
Poppy loved the platter and when he passed away the family gave it to his priest.
(The crack appeared during bisque firing, I was very sad, but broke out my tube of E-6000 and glued it back together again after the glaze firing.)
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