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If you’re throwing a backyard barbecue this summer, we’ve found the perfect addition to your table that will have each of your guests feeling proud to be an American. Corbé, a Detroit-based company, is making handcrafted modern ceramic plates shaped as each of the 50 states. When fitted together, they form a three-dimensional map of the U.S.
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Each design starts on the computer as a 3-D model and then gets cut out of a high-density foam. Plaster is then poured around the foam mold plug, which creates a working mold slip casting that is later filled with porcelain slip. Within 30 to 45 minutes, the slip is semi-dry, and the remaining porcelain liquid is poured out, leaving the state’s shell. After the finishing touches, each state is sealed with a glossy white glaze. We can’t help but think smoked brisket tastes that much better when served in the shape of Texas.
Photo: Courtesy of Corbé