Cobalt Sponging with Pig - Bastine Pottery Platter
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A large, remarkable platter in cobalt sponged stoneware, this 1990 pottery piece was hand made and hand painted by Bastine Pottery in Noblesville, Indiana. The Bastines developed their pottery business there in the early 1970's with a kickwheel and a kiln for Dan Bastine to make the pottery pieces and an art studio for Sherry Bastine to paint them. This husband and wife couple sold their popular pottery on their sales floor and at art festivals and craft fairs, accumulating many devoted collectors through the years. Pieces of their pottery are in the Indiana State Museum.
This heavy stoneware platter is a rare find. Signed on the back on the dry bottom "Bastine 1990 Noblesville, In" along with Sherry Bastine's signature, it also bears her signature on the artwork on the front (our photo #5). Decorated in cobalt, the scene features a magnificent pig surrounded by sponged trees on each side, with sponged grass below and birds on the wing above. The artwork is beautiful and complex. Not many of these large platters were made; we've seen just one other, decorated with a cow.
Measuring 15 inches across and 1 1/2 inches high, the platter weighs 5 pounds. It's in pristine condition, with just some shelf abrasions and soiling on the foot ring. The brown flecks you see in the photos occur naturally in the clay. It's a wonderful hand made, hand painted piece of stoneware by talented potters.