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This handsome wall plate was wheel thrown, glazed and decorated by K. Nagy Szolt of Nádudvar, Hungary. He decorated his first piece of pottery at the age of 13 and won the Hungarian Young Master of Folk Art Award, among others. He is the featured Nádudvar blackware potter on the Hungarian website National Parks, which features good quality local products.
Nádudvar is a town in the Northern Great Plain region of eastern Hungary, famous for its hand made black pottery. The ceramic body gets its black color from red iron oxide clay that burns black in the kiln that is kept closed so it can also color from the smoke. Folk-art flowers were drawn into the black glaze using stones that created glossy decorations against the matte background. This craft has been passed down in families in the area since the beginning of the eighteenth century.
The plate measures 9 1/4 inches in diameter, stands 1 inch high and weighs 1 pound 9 ounces. The potter has signed it on the bottom "K. Nagy Szolt Nadudvar" and "1983." There is a molded-in hanger on the back that can be used to wall mount the dish with a piece of ribbon or string or a bit of wire. It can also be propped on an easel or laid flat on any surface. This beautiful piece of Hungarian folk art is in immaculate, original condition, ready to be displayed with pride.