Cut Outs

by Lee Marple

Around the year 1900, improvements in the quality of decalcomanias made it possible for Reinhold Schlegelmilch to make products with very colorful decoration. Concurrently, improvements in the quality of Reinhold's porcelain allowed the firm to make very thin porcelain, and at the same time create ornate embossed patterns in the molds. The Art Nouveu style was exceptionally popular in America, and many patterns sold at this time included very detailed floral motifs. As a way of accentuating some of these patterns, clay was cut from the object before the clay had fully dried. Alternatively, a flat piece of clay with cut-out sections was added to the exterior and cemented to the body with clay slip. This process yields an example with a space between the two wall segments. In many cases the interior of the cavity is decorated with gold. After firing, the gold provides a reflective surface that highlights the design of the cut-out segment.

Examples with double walls

Combination of double wall construction combined with cut-out edging

Copyright 2010 Lee Marple

Examples with pierced edging to highlight the floral patterns