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Gold and Black Elliptical Bowl

Ceramic Bowl

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.

The piece is fired once to approximately 1800 degrees F, then glazed with gold underglaze by the artist, leaving the black clay unfinished on the exterior.

The object emerges from the final firing, which requires approximately 2100 degrees F, to take the work to its final form: a lightweight (approximately 4 pounds) yet sturdy vessel. Purely decorative ceramic art.

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