2008 Redware 12" Charger Lead Glazed and Slip Decorated Bird on Branch with Tulips and Green Leaves God Bless Our Troops-Please Bring Them Home Safe by Betty Lou - Turtlecreek Potters
Description: A nice large and heavy round redware charger. The charger has a slightly flat base with flared rounded sides terminating in a coggled rim. The glazed charger has an orangish-brown colored background with a slip design depicting a yellow and brown bird perched on dark (possibly black) branches with green leaves and four stylized tulip flowers. This is a reproduction of beautiful Pennsylvania Dutch redware charger of the 18th century. The back of the platter is dark brown with an incised inscription stating "God Bless our Troops; Please bring them home safe" followed by the date "2008" and signed by Betty Lou. Please carefully review the photos presented as they are part and parcel of our description.
Origin: Morrow, Ohio, USA
Size: The charger measures ~11 3/4" in diameter and is 1 7/8" high. This is a substantial piece weighing about 3 pounds 3 ounces.
Maker: Turtlecreek Potters, The David Smith Studio, decorated by Betty Lou Marks: Impressed on the back "Turtlecreek Potters; Morrow, Ohio; Lead Glaze; Not for Food Storage or Use; May Poison Food" and signed Betty Lou 2008 in cursive calligraphy on the back. Also has the following inscription in cursive calligraphy incised on the back "God Bless our Troops; Please bring them home safe."
Distinguishing Characteristics - Most Interesting About The Piece: This a nice platter with a beautiful decorative design representing a reproduction of typical Pennsylvania Dutch designs of days gone by. The piece would display very well in any collection of Redware. Condition: Plate is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, repairs or hairlines. It does have general crazing to the glaze throughout and some scuffing to the surface both purposefully introduced during the making to give the piece the required antique look. It also has two very small chips to the edge of the rim, that maybe part of the antiquing or may have happened later. These are very hard to find and are unnoticeable in view of the antiquing of the piece (we really found it by chance as we were carefully looking over the piece during the development of the description). There is also two scuffed spots on the back where the brown coloring is lost and you can see the redware. These can be seen in the fourth and fifth photos. Be that as it may, this is a very nice piece which would display very well in any redware collection.