Pat Custer Denison has been a professional artist for 49 years, since the year 1970, when she married Chip Denison. They started their arts collaboration by selling Pat's paintings and prints at fairs in Michigan. In 1975 Pat bought a kiln to fire ceramic tiles. This plate, hand made and hand painted by her 4 years later in 1979, seems to be an unusual form for her; we have not found another ceramic plate that bears her signature, although there may be more out there. After many years making ceramics, Pat has returned to printmaking at their studio in Honor, Michigan.
The plate is glazed buttery yellow, with the abstract bird carved into the white clay and then painted in shades of brown. The reverse side is plain yellow, with a dry foot ring. Etched into the glaze, revealing the white clay, is the title "FAT DOVE" and the date APRIL 5, 1979, followed by the signature PAT CUSTER DENISON. There are glaze pops and a few tiny excess lumps of glaze. It's in excellent condition, with no post-production damage. Measuring 10 1/4 inches in diameter and 1 inch high, the plate weighs almost 1 1/2 pounds. Created by an incredibly talented artist, this plate is a one of a kind original.
>>>Take a look at some of Pat's tiles and watercolors here: