Elliptical Bowl with Multicolor Swirl
Created by Jean Elton
The form for this piece is fundamentally round except for the stepped protrusions that create the visually light foot. The protrusions are irregular so as to cause a controlled distortion in the firing process to a consistent elliptical shape. The result is a flowing, almost glass-like shape which is fired once to approximately 1800 degrees F and then hand decorated by the artist, using underglazes applied with fine-tipped bottles and finished in a spray booth with a transparent gloss glaze. The outside has a very fine, beautiful crazing effect. The object emerges from the final firing which requires approximately 2100 degrees F to take the work to its final form: a lightweight (approximately 5 pounds) yet sturdy vessel that can be used as elegant serving ware (food, dishwasher, microwave safe) or as purely decorative ceramic art.