Hand painted cherry blossom sandwich/dessert plate.
I make this plate on the potters wheel and don't start from a round ball of clay, its more of a square. When the plate can be flipped on its rim, I turn it over and trim the bottom flat. Then while it is still relatively wet, apply slip to newsprint paper that is then transferred on to the plate. This allows me to layer the slip and to acquire a stucco appearance, much like on an old building. Then, I paint my cherry blossom motif on the rim. After it comes out of the first firing, I apply a black underglaze wash for an antiquing appearance to the outside of the pot and a matte red glaze to the inside food surface area of the plate. Then the plate goes back in the kiln for its second and final firing. After it comes out of the glaze kiln, the rim of the plate and bottom underside is wet sanded for a super smooth finish.