Richard St. John and Lesli Diana Clay Mesa 12″ Round Native American Platter
Features beautiful geometric Native American design in red and black with green, orange and blue accents
Measurements: 12″ ln diameter x 1.5″ deep
Signed on Back: R. St. John / Cortez, CO / ’03
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Condition: No cracks or chips. Has wire on back – ready to hang.
Rick St John and Leslie Diane St John of Clay Mesa Art. Every piece of art made at Clay Mesa is hand-formed from slabs and coils. Rick rolls out a slab he then places in a slump form and pats into shape. He cuts the slab to an oval, circle or rounded square and places a groove along the edge. The clay is then slapped leaving the handprint of either Rick or Leslie. This has become a trademark of their work - while personalizing each piece, it serves as a transfer of energy from the artist to the art. Leslie then adds the rim by laying a coil of clay along the grooved edge, shaping it to a smooth finish with a natural sponge. They do the clay work together as a team. The work is allowed to dry and is ultimately fired 3 times. Each piece is fired a total of 28 hours. The first firing is a bisque firing that reaches 2068 degrees F. Next they use 2 different black glazes that are hand brushed, 3 layers thick, onto the plates. The work is then put back into the kiln for a second firing of 1944 degrees F.[...]