This retro modern vase was created by potter Bill Heyduck (1928-2015) of Charlotte, Illinois. He started out as a painter, but a ceramics class with the illustrious potter/sculptor David Shaner changed his course. He started Heyduck Stoneware in 1971 in Charlotte, making high-fired, wheel thrown pottery. Articles about his work have been featured in ceramics magazines and his stoneware art is in several permanent collections. He retired from his post as Professor of Art at Eastern Illinois University after 29 years, having received the Distinguished Faculty Award for 1995; he passed away in 2015.
The form of this vase is the bulbous body and narrow top opening of a 1970's weed pot. The speckled glaze is a glossy two-tone rusty brown festooned with drips of light and dark blue. There is a flattened lip encircling the 2 inch wide mouth and Heyduck's finger marks as he spun this on his wheel are very evident. The piece has a dry bottom, hand signed with his iconic "Heyduck" and "1998," incised in the beige stoneware clay.
This vase stands 6 inches tall and measures about 8 inches across the belly (25 inch circumference) with a 5 inch diameter base. It weighs 4 pounds, 3 ounces and is in excellent condition, with just some shelf dirt on the bottom the only signs of wear. Not all of Bill Heyduck's stoneware pieces are functional; we have seen several that are purely decorative. This vase, however, is fully glazed on the interior, making it not only a highly artistic sculptural piece but also one that can actually serve as a vase, holding fresh stems as well as dry or silk ones.