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24" to 26" Ceramic Art Plates

The 24 - 26 inch plate series started in 1992 while Kenney was teaching ceramics at San Antonio College in Texas.  This large surface makes a greater visual impact when displayed on walls.  Technically, the larger size is more difficult to make and fire. 

Kenney’s original visual language developed for the smaller plates is further abstracted to accommodate the larger surface area.  Each piece is created individually by the artist from start to finish.  The round plates on this site are currently for sale unless otherwise noted.  They are located at the San Diego area studio.  There are some more 24 – 26 round plates that are not on this site.


How they are made:

This ongoing series of work is created on a wheel with slabs of clay decorated with clay slips and powder in the wet state.  Each slab is then placed on plaster mold and a wheel thrown foot is joined to the back of the slab.  After careful drying each piece is bisque fired in an electric kiln. 

Next, the bisque ware is washed thoroughly with water, allowed to dry, and then colored clay slips are brushed, splashed or sprayed to make the final surface decoration. 

Clear glaze is applied and fired to Orton cone 5 (approximately 2200 F).  All of these plates are cabled with marine grade stainless cable and fittings for wall display.  The cable can be slid around the foot 360 degrees for a different hanging orientation if desired. 

In Hawaii nature is a visceral force. The sky and ocean are vivid shades of blue, as is my house. Botanical gardens, brilliant fiery flowers, textured palm fronds, all make their way into my work either through imprinting or interpretation.

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