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Hexegon Z (10" coupe terra cotta plate)
This is a geometric design based on a hexegon. It is made out of interlocking "Z" shapes in black white and two shades of turquoise. This one was very hard to do.

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Geometric Design on a (12" coupe terra cotta plate)
This design is based on hexagons and triangles in the style of many Islamic plates and tiles. Most Islamic art is decorative rather than illustrative due to a prohibition in the Qu'ran of making any graven images. Arabs tended to be more strict in this interpretation than the Turks who believed it only applied to religious items like prayer books, mosques, prayer rugs, etc. So while you may find many depictions of people, animals, and ships in Turkish maiolica, the maiolica from Arabic countries was filled with geometric decoration, floral designs, and relgious writing.

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Omnia Vencit Amor (12" coupe terra cotta plate)
Omnia Vencit Amor, et nos cedamos amori" which translates, "Love conquers all, so let us surrender to love." I made this as a wedding gift.

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Maria Elena Plate (12" coupe terra cotta plate)
This Bella Donna plate has a very large female figure because I didn't put a border on it. This was made for a wedding gift.

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A set of bowls for the Barony of the March of Mons Tonitrus in Atenveldt (10" salad bowls)
This set was commisioned for the anniversary event where the barony's five champions are given prizes. The date on the plates is XXXIX for Anno Societatis 39 being 2004 in the Common Era. (1) Arts and Sciences Champion, (2) Archery Champion, (3) Bardic Champion, (4) Baronial Champion, and (5) Rapier Champion.

Pandora Jug (12" height, 8.5" width white clay jug)
(For Sale $550 USD plus S&H) . This jug is painted in the classic Italian style. The banner bears the name "Pandora" with the "O" tucked inside the "D". Letters were often painted inside or overlapping other letters on these kinds of banners. Usually the intended contents of the vessel were written on the banner. I put this name on the jug to see who would be curious about the contents.

The banner is surmounted by a shield bearing no particular arms, flanked by two happy cherubs. Two more cherubs, looking more serious, are watching from below. There is a greenman and a lion face hidden above and below the banner. The whole design is surrounded by a garland of leaves studded with oranges and pears and tied with ribbon.

Interlace Bella Donna Plate (12" coupe terra cotta plate)
This plate is based on an interlace pattern by Leonardo DaVinci. Celtic art is not the only art that employs interlacing. I made this as a graduation gift for my daughter.

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Black and white line art of Interlace Bella Donna
This is a page for you to print out and color or trace for your own projects. You may need a program like Photoshop to print this page properly. Go to chose "Image size..." from the "Image" menu, uncheck "resample" and set the resolution to "300" dpi to resize it without losing clarity.

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Testa de Cazi (12"coupe terra cotta wall plate)
(For Sale $450 USD plus S&H) Also known as the "Dickhead plate". Based on a 16th century platter recently bought for the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford, England for a half million dollars. Pictures of the original with more information. The bannerole around the subject translates as, "Every man looks at me as if I were a head of dicks"

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Italian-style tile (4" white tile)
(Sold) I made this tile as a demonstration during a class I taught in October. The purpose of the exercise was to master tiny lines with a long-haired watercolor brush.

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Mary Magdalen (12" rimmed platter)
(For Sale $450.00) I was drawn to this subject by the new interpretation of Mary as a full desciple and apostle of Christ. She has long been associated with the woman taken in sin and the weeping woman who washed Christ's feet, though the Bible doesn't say she is one in the same. Many are now saying that she may have been the wife of Christ or the greatest of the followers since she was the last to see him after his death and first to see him after the resurrection. I chose to portay her as a strong and faithful woman. I wanted to emphasize her humanity, so she doesn't have a halo and is portrayed more realistically than the other saints.

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Saint Peter (10" coupe terra cotta wall plate)
(For Sale) The design is from a plate in the Getty Museum. The original was made in Italy, Faenza or possibly Cafaggiolo, about 1500 A.D. It is about the same size as mine. You can tell that it is Saint Peter because he has the keys to the Gates of Heaven.

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Madonna and Child (10"coupe terra cotta wall plate)
(For Sale $299 USD plus S&H) Based on 15th century portraits of Mary and Jesus, this iconic version shows Mary wearing her traditional blue cloak symbolizing her position as the Queen of Heaven. While Mary's face is peaceful and untroubled, Jesus has the look of wisdom and care in his.

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Saint John the Evangelist (10" coupe terra cotta wall plate)
(For Sale $299 USD plus S&H) Though St. John was the youngest disciple, here he is protrayed as an old man working on the Book of Revelation. His face reveals sorrow as he contemplates the end of the world. Detail of face.

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Saint George and the Dragon (12" rimmed platter)
(For Tourney Prize at Estrella War) Though St. George was not a real person, he was reveared as a Saint. This pose comes form a 14th c. manuscript. Detail of face.

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Sarecen or Turk on Horseback(12" rimmed platter)
(For Tourney Prize at Estrella War) Based on 15th century Plate in the Fitzwilliam Collection. Possibly meant to be Saladin. Note the exceptionally thin lines in this detail.

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Athena, Goddess of War (16" broad rimmed terra cotta wall plate)
(For Estrella War Women's Invitational Tourney Prize) This large trophy is made on a red clay base with opaque white glaze that turns a little off-white during firing. Then I added bright white demension glaze designs over the off-white in the slope area to create a lacey motif. This 16th c. Italian technique is called bianco sopre bianco. See detail.

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Atenveldt Arts and Sciences Champion A.S. 38 Trophy (16" broad rimmed terra cotta wall plate)
This is a Piata de Pompa, which means very flashy plate to display. It has a deep center cavity so it can be used as a fruit bowl. This picture shows it unfinished. The finished piece had the award title, date, and winners name written in the white area and the winners heraldry on the knight and horse.

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Apollo (16" broad rimmed terra cotta wall plate)
This is the first piece that has had a bad kiln experience. I used the wrong kind of glaze for the red on this piece originally and I had to reglaze the red/oranges. During the repainting, I think I may have banged it against the banding wheel or table. Though there was no visible damage at the time, it probably caused an internal weakness that cracked during the warming up phase. Unfortunately, there is no way to repair this kind of damage. Detail of pomegranet. Detail of face. View of the back

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"Who Dares Disturb my Sanctuary?" (12" rimmed wall plate)
I used a new technique on this plate. First I banded the plate with a thin striping brush and cobalt oxide. I drew the designs in pencil on the raw white maiolica glaze. I painted the design on the rim in yellow and then traced the edges of the design with cobalt oxide and added the celtic star details. Then I painted outlines of the drawing of the dragon scene. I added washes of cobalt to shade the drawing. After I was sure it was all dry I covered the border and the scene with sunset red glaze. I varied the number of layers of red glaze to get different shades in various places. After that dried, I gave the entire piece a coat of clear gloss glaze. I fired to cone 06. View of dragon's face. Detail of dragonfighter. View of the border.

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