This plate is created as a salad serving bowl, we believe that you should be free to decide if its Salad serving plate, a decorative piece or both. We love beautiful things and if they are handmade we love them more, these pieces from Grazia add even more to those feelings. We went to see them, to understand in person what it takes to make their pieces, it starts out with geography, the earth there has a mix of minerals that make the best base, the dough takes 2 months to make, its made by hand so as to feel when its the right consistency, its shaped, its put to dry and then in oven for 24 hours, the next step is to dip in varnish so as to Hand Paint it, every step is done by a Master Artisan that was taught by another all the way going back to 500 years so you see not all artisans are the same, experience and an expert eye that has been living with these pieces is what makes the difference. The Grazia family only accepts the highest quality, after the piece is painted its put back into oven and everybody holds their breathe that the piece that has taken between 3 and 4 months to produce, comes out perfect from second bake or else its destroyed. This is how its always been done.