Art Pottery Vase | Michael Pratt | Portland Oregon Artist
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This large, handsome pot vase was hand thrown in Portland, Oregon by Michael Pratt, eminent artist and author. Along with his wife Reta Larson, Michael started a pottery there in the 1970's, going on to found Pratt and Lambert, the widely-known artisan tile company, in 1982. Currently living in Portland and Puerta Vallarta, Mexico, Michael is a serious painter and his artistry is so evident in the painterly glazing on this vase.
Made of a creamy clay, this vase is signed "Pratt' in black script on the dry bottom. The bulbous shape curves from an unusual high, thick neck with a 2 inch diameter mouth, glazed in sky blue. The body has stripes, drips, lines and squiggles in black, brick red and tones of umber. The entire vase is speckled in black and brown, the look reminiscent of the sand, sky and petroglyphs of the Southwest. It's 10 inches tall, about 8 inches across with a 24 inch circumference around the belly. Standing on a 3 1/4 inch base, it weighs just under 3 pounds and is in excellent condition, with no chips or cracks or even much wear to the bottom. Pieces of Michael Pratt's hand made pottery are not easily found, especially one as large and decorative as this vase.
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