Geometric Bowl with Checkerboard Frame
Created by Jean Elton
The original model for this shape was turned on a plaster wheel, from which a casting form was made. The casting form is one piece which enables the piece to be cast without seams, which often cannot otherwise be eradicated from the final form. The resulting shape is graceful and fluid, yet both visually and physically light. Each bowl is fired first to approximately 1800 degrees F and then decorated by the artist using underglazes applied with fine-tipped bottles and finished in a spray booth with a transparent gloss glaze. The work emerges from the final firing (at about 2100 degrees F) a lightweight (approximately 2-3 pounds) yet sturdy vessel that together form a gracefully pleasing work of decorative ceramic art.