Cream Carved Oval Serving Dish
Inspired by the Chinese potters of the Sung Dynasty, the Cream Carved pieces begin with stoneware that is molded or thrown and then dipped in a layer of white slip. The decoration is drawn free-hand through the slip when the pot is leather hard. The negative spaces of white slip are then carved away, exposing the clay body.
Each oval dish starts with a slab of clay rolled out, shaped over a handmade mold. The potter crimps the rim with an African porcupine quill that gives a beautiful edge.
This cream oval is available in 3 different sizes:
Small: 8 1/2" long X 6" wide (pictured here)
Medium: 10" long X 7" wide
Large: 13 1/2" long X 10 1/2" wide
There are also 5 different designs available. These decorative patterns, each with their own meaning, are usually the main character or motif adorning the pieces.
Tree of Life:
The tree of life—constantly dividing, leafing out and blooming—is, since ancient times, a symbol of growth and enrichment in life.
Birds are a symbol of marriage and have always been the harbingers of new life. They carry and spread seeds and fruits and their songs fill the air with hope.
Rabbit (pictured here):
The rabbit is a symbol of providence, optimism, immortality and fertility. The rabbit is thought of as cunning and able to escape bad luck.
The leaf scroll, or foliage—like the tree of life—is a symbol of life itself. Constantly dividing and unfurling, the line carries one forward through time and space into infinity.
The peony–with its beautiful cup shape and intoxicating scent–has long been coveted throughout gardening history. It is considered a symbol of beauty itself and brings promise to love, marriage and fertility.
Slight variations in size and design do occur because of the handmade quality of these pieces.