No 3: Plate, 1953 (P.74.127)
This well-controlled, combed slip plate or charger is made of thrown stoneware and came from Cardew's workshop in Abuja, Nigeria where he worked in the 1950s. The plate is decorated in a grey-green glaze over a combed iron-bearing slip, producing a broken brown-black, or tenmoku effect. It is typical of Cardew's work of this period in which the flavour of both English and African motifs are united. It measures 27-30 cm in diameter and was included in Cardew's 1976 touring retrospective exhibition (Crafts Advisory Committee).