Brutal, deconstructed and reconstructed, "stitched" together, adorned with nuts and bolts--this large tortured bottle vase is a stunning piece of studio art pottery. We've dubbed this piece "After the Fall;" with its large "dents," one "tear," one hole, two areas of "abrasion" and several grooved "cracks" (all of these intentional, of course), it appears to be the victim of an accident. The salt glazed surface is heavily pitted, including the bottom, which adds to the rugged appearance. As you turn this bottle vase, each view is different and fascinating. The bottom is signed with an incised script which we weren't able to identify after much researching.
Brutalist design began in the 1950's with architecture made of concrete to achieve a modern look. The term for the movement was coined by Le Corbusier from the French "béton brut," which translates to "raw concrete" in English. Brutalism is menacing and rough, mangled and reactionary---all adjectives that suit this bottle vase perfectly.
This sculptural stoneware piece stands 12 inches tall, has a 23 inch circumference around the belly, with its ovoid form tapering to a 3 1/2 inch diameter base. Weighing 4 1/2 pounds, it is in excellent condition with no cracks or chips, except those that are part of its mutilated appearance. It's an exceptional, one of a kind, center of attention piece of art pottery.