The Plates

These stunning art glass plates are made from a print of an original watercolor mandala by Jo Thomas Blaine. The print is fixed to the back of the plate using a non-toxic polymer resin, appearing to be virtually fused with the glass. When handled with care, the plates are fully usable. Simply hand wash, towel dry and avoid soaking. If the plate is wet for too long, the backing changes to opaque white, which will turn clear again when allowed to dry. A few minutes in the sun works like a charm (but only a few… prolonged exposure to the sun should be avoided, as the sun fades the colors of almost everything.) The glass plates are available in  14″ platters, 10″& 9″ plates and 8″ bowls.

There is also an option to choose a 10″ melamine plate. The same high resolution image of the mandala and the background is printed directly onto the plate in a process called sublimation. Melamine is a satin-finish hard plastic, providing a less expensive option that is easier to care for. It has a nice feel, with a bit of weight to it, as long as you are not just plain emotionally and/or philosophically opposed to plastic. (I understand.) Melamine (or any plastic for that matter) should never be microwaved.

plateprofile

The profile of the 10″ glass plate is low, flat and elegant. The very high quality clear glass is made in Delmont, PA by Behrenberg Glass Company.

foldsandflecks

If you look for imperfection, you will find it! That’s a human thing. The glass plates are made by hand, my hands to be exact. There may be small folds and flecks in the design, and that is just part of the process.

clockwise from upper left: back of 10
clockwise from upper left: back of 10″, back of bowl, back of 10″, back of 9″

The back of a glass plate is covered in handmade paper from Japan or Nepal, and is sealed for water resistance.

melamine

The 10″ melamine plates are carefree, playful, easy to take on a picnic, but still elegant and beautiful enough to also set at the table. These plates are made in Texas.

melamineback

The front of the melamine plate looks magical, the back looks, well, pretty much like really nice melamine-y plastic. It is what it is. So, don’t show them the back then!

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