This very large, very heavy pot was hand thrown, glazed and incised by the husband and wife team of Jerry and Jenni Davis, the potters who are one of the members of the Yellow Springs Pottery co-operative in Yellow Springs, Ohio. They've been married 26 of the 35 years Jerry's been a potter. Jerry served as the official Senator's Potter from 1983 to 2000, designing and producing the gifts that Senator John Glenn and his wife Annie gave out while the Senator was in office.
This is a monumental piece of pottery that includes elements of Early American salt glazed pottery, the Arts and Crafts movement, Native American pottery with a very Modernist shape--by no means an easy feat! The clay used has a lot of iron in it, resulting in the dark red areas, particularly noticeable on the inside and bottom. The deeply incised lines remind one of seams in the desert earth or in ancient rocks. Where the lines intersect, there are triangles of color--cream, sky blue and cobalt. The jagged mouth could be the mouth of a volcano or a Native American wigwam. The salt glaze of course imparts its own unique glossy orange peel surface and the shape is so inventive. The pot is incised 'Davis' on the bottom. It's 8 inches tall, 9 inches wide at the shoulder and stands on a 4 1/2 inch diameter base. Weight for this piece is 5 pounds, 10 ounces. It's a tour de force of potting by very talented potters.