Tiny 24K gold sailing ships ride the back of a magnificent hand-carved baleen whale that is itself comprised of swirling ocean waves. This sgraffito platter has texture, fabulous fairy-tale design and weighty presence. It is sure to delight any lover of the sea and all her mystery.
Stencil artist Anja Bartels discovered pottery making in Virginia and returned to her native Germany to study in the German Ceramics Guild. With a strong focus on craftsmanship and technical skill, Guild training included a 3-year apprenticeship with a master potter. She now works out of her studio in Asheville, NC.
Anja’s nautically themed porcelain employs several different techniques including slip trailing, poured and sprayed glazes, and sgraffito (a technique where underglaze is painted onto greenware and a design is carved back through, revealing the clay body underneath). Anja’s personal aesthetic and process are consistent and highly developed, reflecting her upbringing in a port town and her love of ships and the ocean. It is as if her pieces were born in the sea.
15.5" x 11".
Each piece is made entirely by hand and will include unique variations.