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  • Catalogue Essay

    The bowl is one of a number made at this time. Two ideas come together here – the sculptural concept of a bowl requiring, not a simple base, but strong supporting elements, and the idea that a vessel can be a ship, hence the hull-like structure.  Is the luminous cerulean blue (a borax glaze) a reflection of the sky or sea? The outside is decorated with precise areas of thin white slip contrasting with the red earthenware body and worked with copper carbonate. The vessel was coiled rather than thrown, and this adds greatly to its strength.

 

34

Early Bowl On Foot

c. 1968
Earthenware, layered pigmented slip exterior, shiny blue glaze in well with green stripes.
39 cm. (15 3/8 in.) diameter

Estimate
£1,200 - 1,800 

Design

28 April 2010
London