Here is a new plate (or small platter) that I've been working on these past few days. It's made of red earthenware, and slab built over a slump mold. Once it was stable enough to safely handle (leather hard) I took it off the mold and smoothed out the edge a bit more, and then applied cut-out stencils for the moon and trees. After that, I brushed on a generous coat of black Spectrum underglaze and then removed the stencils and allowed it to dry overnight. This morning I went over the details of cleaning up the lines, added some extra branches to the trees, and lastly... I penciled in the bird and carved it through the underglaze. After bisque firing it will get a clear glaze finish. The fired platter should measure about an inch deep by 12 inches in diameter. I'll be making several more of these plates with a similar design motif here in the next few weeks. I will be using colored slip, instead of the commercial underglaze, for the others.