Shell Plates

Shell Plates

from 45.00

With a lip that calls to mind the satisfying asymmetry of a river stone, these hand-made porcelain plates provide a loose graceful frame for all manner of your food creations.  But fear not, they are formed out some of the world's finest porcelain that has been proven tough enough for heavy rotation in an industrial dishwasher!  Clients from the restaurant industry enjoy a trade discount.  

If you are in the Portland area, please know that I rent out a set of plates like these and shell bowls to supper clubs.  Here is more info. 

By borrowing a trick from my woodfiring history, I manage to glaze almost the entire bottom surface of the plate.  This means that as they are stacked and rub on each other, the wear and tear is negligible, leaving you with an upper surface that still looks great long after cheaper plates are cracked, stained, and ratty.  

By forming the clay with a compressed surface and then glazing in this manner, I am creating a very tight envelope of glaze around the already tight clay body.  The result is refined but also extremely durable. These small but crucial details of engineering are what sets my work apart from common restaurant wares as well as handmade pieces.  I was fortunate enough to study under John Neely, who has an engineer's mind for ceramics; it is he who explained the structural benefits of this way of making, applicable to many forms but most importantly wide flat forms like plates.

Available in three sizes, all have been time-tested in the fast-paced industrial setting of Portland's beloved Biwa Restaurant.  

The larger scale plate is available in eggshell white or black.  The smaller plates are available in white, black, or your choice of house colors (the swatch is the rainbow daisy).  All glazes meet industry standards of sanitary ware and are safe to use in ovens or the industrial dishwasher.

NB: The larger black plates are formed out of a stoneware clay, and are thin.  I advise not stacking them beyond about 6 high, or stacking with a bit of felt between them.  We have not tested the durability/ wear and tear of the black glaze in an industrial setting.  Home kitchens will have no problem.  

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