Polychrome Decagram

The two color version of this stoneware plate can be used for food, or hung on the wall. It measures 9.5 inches in diameter and the glazes are food safe. I made little tiny stamps with my patterns on them, and then cast the complete design in plaster, and painted the colors by hand. The patterns are based on a 700 year old tiling system invented during the Timurid era in Central Asia. It describes five specific shapes, within which I have created my own designs. Modern mathematicians have only just recently figured out how to describe these patterns, which are called quasi-crystalline pentagonal tilings. The system allows ten fold symmetry, and there are infinite possibilities available using the five basic shapes. To learn more about the mathematics behind this pattern, check out this article in Saudi Aramco World.

Polychrome Decagram: $100

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