These large wall platters are sculptural. They would make for gorgeous table centerpieces, but are crafted with a foot and bottom to fit flat on a wall perfectly. Tension builds when seeing thick, heavy clay floating on the wall.
This blue Cosmic Wall Platter is inspired by a firestorm of nebula gases captured by NASA's Hubble Space Telescope. I think of this as an abstract painting. Real images of deep space galaxy cloud clusters and nebulae inspire my abstract glaze paintings over an "Oil Spot Black" base glaze, meant to reference the night sky.
All of my "Wall Platters" have flaws, including but not limited to cracks, pitted or bubbled glaze, chipped clay and more. These are natural textures that happen in clay, and part of the art. Please do not buy this art of you are interested only in a clean, non-flawed piece, because the flaws are part of the art, and inherent to this type of clay art. I love the raw nature of the flaws. Some wall platters should be used only as "decorative" art and will be marked as such. Others would work great for a table centerpiece or food-safe serving tray, or hung on a wall. All platters come with a "Monkey Hook" hanging device and hanging instructions.
These photos below show my early college experiences with the two men. Voulkos passed away before I got my hands in clay. Studying, viewing and holding his art was the closest I got to him personally. Reitz (who was a close, personal friend of Pete) showed off his skills and radiated enthusiasm during a two day workshop I saw in college.
Reitz went through two wheelbarrows of clay in two days. He brought other artists to tears when talking about his art, life, friends and Pete. It was truly remarkable. I feel honored to have been able to document Reitz at 79 years old, throwing 100 pound platters like it was child's play.
You can learn more about how I crafted my career to follow in the footsteps of these men in my guest authorship for American Craft Council:
*The photo of me holding a Peter Voulkos platter is not the platter you are purchasing. It is a marketing photo, intended to show a link to my historical pottery influences only. You are purchasing one Cherrico Pottery platter only.
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