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“Horse’s Eye” Plates


These plates are named for the painted spiral decoration that is said to resemble a horse’s eye. Older examples feature designs of pine trees or bamboo in the center, but in later years plates decorated only with the spiral pattern became more popular. In the later part of the 19th century, “horse’s eye” plates took the place of ishizara as widely used household utensils.


Using the rotation of the potter's wheel, draw a line (zone line) in the center of the vessel.


In the order of spirals and rims, proceed in a rhythmic manner using the rotation of the potter's wheel.

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