Matthew Patton, a Seattle, Washington potter, has been creating pottery since 1981. This spectacular wall charger is a perfect example of his artistry with forms and glazes. If we had to name this piece, we'd call it "Rainbow Vortex." It's made of stoneware clay, areas of which were left rough and unglazed on both the front and back. The glazes are silky and sensual, with peach, both light and deep blues and rivers of lava-like purple on the molded, raised whirlpool shaped front of the charger, with squiggles of thick slip glaze the finishing touches. The reverse side is partially glazed in a vee of deep blue and formed with a dry foot that is encircled with a heavy, secure hanging wire. It's signed Patton 1997 in black.
This impressive wall charger measures 12 3/4 inches across and stands 2 1/4 inches high on its 4 3/4 inch diameter foot. Although it weighs 2 3/4 pounds, it can be safely hung on the wall due to the sturdy wire (although we'd recommend a molly bolt or a wall anchor for thin walls). It's in like-new condition and a gorgeous accent, whether mounted on the wall or placed on a flat surface.