Plates are a popular pottery item to make and receive. One problem is where to put decorative touches. Many people will paint the center of a plate. This looks beautiful and is appreciated. Unfortunately, once food is placed on the plate the design disappears. Modern decorating has taken a look at this problem, and many plates now feature decoration on the rim only. When food is added to the plate, the decorations can still be seen. This is an excellent way to assure the beauty of the plate can be admired before, during and after a meal.