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Often dubbed the unicorns of the sea, narwhals are strange and beautiful creatures. This porcelain platter was handmade by Asheville-based artist Anja Bartels. Anja’s nautical surface designs are inspired by her love of the ocean and her childhood memories of growing up in a port city on the North Sea.
This unique platter was hand-painted with a dark underglaze that was scraped away (using a technique called sgraffito) to reveal the white color of the porcelain underneath.
Originally from Hamburg, Germany, Anja discovered pottery making while living in an intentional community in Virginia. Passion ignited, she returned home to study in the German Ceramics Guild. After completing a three-year apprenticeship with a master potter, she received her journeyman ceramics degree from the German Chamber of Crafts and Trades. She is now an artist-in-residence at Odyssey ClayWorks in Asheville.
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