Oklahoma now has an official centennial plate.
The plate depicts two scissor-trail flycatchers – the state bird – flying around branches of the state tree, the redbud.
The handcrafted plates are made by Frankoma Pottery in Sapulpa. It’s the first commemorative plate made by Frankoma in about 15 years, said Crystal Merryman, owner of the pottery.
The numbered and signed plates come in prairie green and sell for $100 each.
They’re signed by Merryman and Murv Jacob, the artist who drew the plate’s design. Regular centennial plates in either brown or gold sell for $40.
Jacob said he came up with the drawing before the scissor-tail flycatcher was selected earlier this year to be on Oklahoma’s commemorative quarter that will be released in 2008.
Merryman, who presented Gov. Brad Henry today with the first numbered centennial plate, said she expects between 1,000 and 2,000 of the numbered plates will be sold between now and the end of the year.
“On Dec. 31, we’ll be breaking the mold,” she said.
The plate is sanctioned by the Oklahoma Centennial Commission. The commission did not provide any state money for the project.
The terra cotta color for Frankoma products comes from Sugar Loaf Hill about a mile from the pottery plant.
“The combination of the great Oklahoma clay and superior craftsmanship and just the simple yet elegant design of Frankoma Pottery have made Frankoma famous around the world,” Henry said.
More information about the plates may be found by going to Frankoma’s Web site at frankoma.com.
Michael McNutt, Capitol Bureau