This large, handsome pitcher is the work of Washington state artist Christine Burris. The hand thrown piece is made of a pale beige stoneware clay, revealed on the dry bottom, and crisscrossed with incised lines on both body and arched handle. The top one third of the pitcher is glazed a deep blue, with the bottom portion in a lovely rich tan with pale green drips and overtones. Its appearance becomes more complex the longer you gaze at it. It's signed on the bottom 'Christine Burris,' incised in brown.
Ms. Burris was born in Portland, Oregon and was an honors grad at Pacific Lutheran University. She taught high school art in Gig Harbor, Washington for years and has videos on YouTube demonstrating pottery throwing techniques for beginning ceramic makers. Her pottery has been popular in local galleries and she donates her art to many charities in the area.
A quite heavy piece, the pitcher weighs 5 pounds 9 ounces. It's 10 inches tall, about 8 1/2 inches across from spout side to the outer edge of the handle and has a bottom about 4 1/2 inches in diameter. The condition is as good as new. There are some glaze pops and some tiny bumps on the rim made during production, but it's otherwise pristine. Beautifully thrown and finished and an impressive item for the decorator or pottery collector.