Modern plate trends
Plates have been around ever since our distant ancestors conceived the idea of a dinner party for the tribe and felt a need to create a few clay plates to enhance the presentation.
As far as practical innovations go, the current trend of large, voluminous plates in restaurants for extra presentation possibilities has to be questioned. I’m sure the chefs get themselves into an artistic fervour when they are confronted with that large white ceramic canvas, begging to be adorned with some Zen streaks of the sauce and a dash of garnish.
Almost simultaneously, as nouveau cuisine became minimalist in quantity, the plate doubled in size. A knee jerk reaction to the age old standard of piling food on a small plate. At least the elegant white expanses invite contemplation while waiting for the second course or the artistic presentation can offer a deflection if one gets stuck in an awkward dinner conversation. As table space is a premium in most restaurants, the waitresses must be cursing this challenge for arranging the plates on the table. Not to mention the acrobatic skills involved in carrying several plates at the same time.
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I do have to concede though, these monumental dinner pieces have added an appealing aesthetic to the the dining experience. But be beware of attending a Greek wedding, the larger flying shards at the plate bust finale can be life threatening.
Ceramic plates, dishes and chargers have been a fantastic vehicle for ceramicists that have a flair with the brush and a desire for that extra space to strut their strokes.
A Mexican vintage octagonal pottery plate featuring a Mexican maiden carrying fruit in a basket, Tonala or Tlaquepaque, Jalisco, c. 1920-30’s
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Tony Morris, Poole Pottery – Mid Century
Cibaldi Silvia charger
Tony Morris Poole Pottery
Marsha Rafter platter with handles
Warren Mckenzie plate
Waylande Gregory charger, USA pre-1939
An early example of Gregory’s ceramics and glass fusion technique with melted glass in the background area around the horses.” Dia. 21.75 inches
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Chinese Famille Rose Porcelain Plate
Safavid Persian dish (1501-1732)
Kashan Minai pottery dish, Persia, 12th-13th century
Persian Safavid Blue and White plate
André Methey plate
Antique Japanese Kutani Akimari dish
Rene Buthaud plate – 1930, France
Circular dish in stoneware – beige sandstone with craquelure enamelled motifs.
Cibaldi Silvia -1939
David MacDonald incised geometric design dish inspired from a Nigerian tradition.
Earthenware dish – incised and painted with polychrome glazes – Afghanistan 12th-13th century
Josh Deweese large platter
Jackie Lynd,- Rörstrand
Marc Bellaire – Mardi Gras 3 dancers
Ulisse Pagliari charger
Moorcroft ‘Trout’ Plate
Sanam Emami – green serving dish
Swimmer – Vanni Saltarelli
17 inch abtsract ceramic charger characterized at the top by a human figure with outstretched arms and legs drawn up in the act of swimming
La Belle Jardiniere – polychrome faience yellow, blue, brown embossed
Sèvres, Musée national de Céramique. Photo : Paul Starosta
Victoria Christen – large oval dish
Plate with king hunting rams, late 5th–early 6th century; Sasanian period
Pozzi Giancarlo charger, Italy
Edwin and Mary Scheier, Glazed & Incised Earthenware Charger
Shoji Hamada dish
Stepanova platter – Jaquailne Thompson
Japanese Kutani polychrome porcelain dish – 1900
Jenny Mendes hand painted dish
Randy Johnson plate
Randy Johnston has been working in ceramics in his Wisconsin studio for more than forty years.
Pucker Gallery, Boston
Mexican Folk Art plate with turquoise inlay
Sandra Bowkett. square scraffito dish
Japanese Satsuma porcelain plate
Alexandra Tollet sgraffito dish – long haired women
Carl Cooper, oval dish