Fish Palm Vessel
Created by Jean Elton
During a walk along the streets of Naples, Florida, the artists found a palm leaf that had fallen to the ground. Engaged in the search for a long, tray-like vessel, they wondered if this palm leaf could provide inspiration for a new vessel and texture as well. It worked! The outside of this vessel is left unglazed so as to better showcase the pattern of the particular palm leaf that was found. The inside is smooth so as to accept a design, or it may be left in pristine form. The work is fired first 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. This particular piece has a whimsical design that combines a fun aquatic theme to the palm branch - both ideas associated with warm weather beaches. 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 delightful work of ceramic art.