Pristine Elliptical Bowl
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 top is sculptured by hand to create a flowing, almost glass-like shape which is fired once to approximately 1800 degrees F. The inside is finished with a transparent gloss glaze; the outside is unglazed. 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 serveware (food, dishwasher, microwave safe) or as purely decorative ceramic art.