Catching Insects Romantic Plate

Polly Fern
Catching Insects Romantic Plate is a one-of-a-kind decorative piece by illustrator and ceramicist Polly Fern.

This decorative plate is inspired by the famous 18th century Entomologist Maria Sibyilla Merian, who studied insects to create her incredible scientific paintings. Crafted from white earthenware clay and illustrated by hand, Polly creates modern interpretations of traditional tableware, inspired and informed by typical ceramic shapes found in English stately homes. The playful, splattered border framing the central illustration brings a contemporary touch to the overall piece. Please note, the platter is intended for decorative purposes only.
Material: White Earthenware clay and tin glaze
Dimensions: Height: 2 cm, Length: 25 cm, Width: 25 cm
Care Instructions: Wipe gently with lukewarm water.
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Made from a hand-cut slab of white earthenware clay the raw clay is laid into a mould to dry and take form. Before its first firing, the platter is dipped in a tin glaze - a lead-based glaze containing a small amount of tin oxide used for its opacity and whiteness. The piece is then hand-painted with a mix of oxides, slips and underglazes and fired for a final time. To add further interest, Polly uses a decorative technique called sgraffito, scratching details into the surface of the clay, to enhance the overall composition.
The Maker Polly Fern Ceramicist - East of England

Based in Norwich, Polly Fern is an illustrator and ceramicist who creates tin-glazed ceramic pieces. Polly has a BA First Class in Illustration from Norwich University of The Arts and her work has been displayed in various, world-renowned international galleries, including The Sainsbury Centre in Norwich and The MET Museum in New York. Polly’s work is illustrated by hand with drawings inspired by places, historical events and childhood stories, making each object an original work of art.