National Gallery of Art - THE COLLECTION
image of Pie Plate Pie Plate
Rendered by Alfred Parys (artist), c. 1939
watercolor and colored pencil on paper
overall: 34.5 x 30.3 cm (13 9/16 x 11 15/16 in.)
Index of American Design
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From the Tour: Pottery from the Index of American Design
Object 3 of 17

The potter has used both slip decoration and a very thin lead glaze on this pie plate. The notched edge is characteristic of New England decoration, as are the wavy lines that adorn the surface. The linear ornament was produced by "trailing on," or pouring slip, that is, liquid clay, directly from a bottle through a quill onto the clay body. The piece was then sprinkled lightly with powdered lead and fired.

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