This is a plate which was placed underneath potteries as they baked in a log-fired kiln. Plates like these were originally made from either pottery, terra-cotta, or stone slabs. After years of use spent beneath bowls, dishes, and vases, the slabs are transfigured by excess glaze that drips down to cover their surface. Rarely are the plates ever retired from their kilns, unless the kiln itself must be dismantled.
The result is remarkable.
When used as a pedestal, plates such as this one have the gentleness and strength to accept a piece of artwork set upon it. It enhances the beauty of the work on it by embracing it. These plates have lived for a long time in the fire, supporting many potteries while they were baked again and again. Resulting totally from chance, the beauty and character of these plates arises without artistic intention but from the magic of use and time.