I inscribed the first test using a white terra cotta clay and an large (for an awl) blunt awl. Laying one side of a ziploc bag down over the clay to manage the stuff dredged up made me feel clever.  Here is the plate in its current state:

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Here we see the plate and accoutrements:

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Detail; note the texture in the inscribed areas:

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The plate will have a day to dry; then the glaze!

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