This baking dish depicts hand painted and carved trillium - wildflowers of spring.
Each motif is hand-carved while the plate is still in its leather-hard state (firm, but still moist enough to carve). After a coat of blue glaze is brushed on and allowed to dry, the design is carved away bit by bit to reveal the white clay beneath. A full description of the process and photos can be found at http://halcyonpottery.wordpress.com.
All Halcyon pottery is dishwasher and microwave safe and lead-free. Pottery may be used with care in the oven, but never on top of the stove.