This large stoneware plate was sculpted by David MacDonald in 1992. This piece is in perfect condition and measures 25 7/8″ in diameter.
David is retired from Syracuse University however he is still working in clay making beautiful objects.
The Everson Museum of Art describes a piece they own in the following statement.
“He utilizes a combing technique with strong ties to the Nigerian tradition to create intricate pattern designs on the surfaces of vessels and plate forms. The monumental plate in the Everson’s collection is an excellent example of this technique and characteristic of MacDonald’s work. Combing involves wetting a custom-made comb across the surface of the clay to create parallel furrows. Plate (1984) is a large, deeply carved, footed stoneware form almost 28 inches in diameter. The carved imagery on the surface is a geometric design dominated by a six-pointed star with semi-circles joining each point. A circular pattern fills the center circumscribed by a larger ring.”— Everson Museum of Art, 2011