Westmoore Pottery 1994 David Farrell Redware Plate
This 1994 David Farrell Redware Plate from Westmoore Pottery is an exceptional piece of North Carolina history, boasting vibrant hues and timeless craftsmanship. Indulge in the beauty of handmade pottery, perfect for any collection and sure to bring a memorable touch to your home.
Westmoore Pottery was founded in 1977 by potters David and Mary Farrell in Westmoore, North Carolina, near Seagrove. Interested in the pottery from the 17th through the early 19th centuries, they became known for their high quality, historically accurate pieces. Westmoore's pottery has been used for historic authenticity by over 120 living history sites, museums and films. The Farrells have been designated by Early American Life Magazine in their Directory of American Crafts as one of the best traditional craftsmen .
The slip-trailed designs on this handsome redware plate echo closely those on a Moravian dish from Alamance County in North Carolina, made circa 1770-1790 (shown in our photos). The background is deep, dark blue with a central flower and geometric designs around the lip, with four white lines encircling the designs. The primary colors used are a grass green, a rusty brown and a creamy white.
The underside of the plate is dry and is signed and dated. Stamped into the red clay is "WESTMOORE POTTERY;" to the left of that is hand-etched into the clay "1994 D. Farrell," indicating the plate was made by David Farrell (David is no longer potting, having turned to teaching in 2010).
The plate, which is deeply dished, measures 11 1/4 inches in diameter, 2 inches high and weighs 2 pounds, 3 ounces. It's in excellent condition save for a tiny chip out of the white slip line on the outer edge (shown in our photos). Great display piece!