• Large plate from the Plates Series
  • Large plate from the Plates Series
  • Large plate from the Plates Series
  • Large plate from the Plates Series
  • Large plate from the Plates Series
  • Large plate from the Plates Series
  • Large plate from the Plates Series
  • Large plate from the Plates Series
  • Large plate from the Plates Series
  • Large plate from the Plates Series
  • Large plate from the Plates Series
  • Large plate from the Plates Series
  • Large plate from the Plates Series
He utilizes a combing technique with strong ties to the Nigerian tradition to create intricate pattern designs on the surfaces of vessels and plate forms. The monumental plate in the Everson's collection is an excellent example of this technique and characteristic of MacDonald's work. Combing involves wetting a custom-made comb across the surface of the clay to create parallel furrows. Plate (1984) is a large, deeply carved, footed stoneware form almost 28 inches in diameter. The carved imagery on the surface is a geometric design dominated by a six-pointed star with semi-circles joining each point. A circular pattern fills the center circumscribed by a larger ring. — Everson Museum of Art, 2011