Olaf Pottery 1994 Lidded Bowl - Theodore Juve Oregon Ceramic Artist
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For over 40 years, studio potter Theodore (Ted) Olaf Juve has been working with clay. Primarily self-taught, he is inspired by the beauty of the area surrounding the town of Enterprise in northeastern Oregon, where he lives and has his studio. Enterprise is nestled at the foothills of the Wallowa Mountains; the area was home to the Nez Perce Tribe and we believe the tiny faces carved into both the lid and the bowl may refer to the area's Native American roots.
The glazes on this piece are varied and expert. The lid is a matte, speckled dusty blue on the rim, matching the rim of the bowl. The top of the lid is an adobe color, with faces, deeply carved lines and circles within circles--a tic tac toe game gone askew. The interior of the lid is the same high gloss blue, while the inside of the bowl is fully glazed in glossy forest green. Below the mouth of the bowl is a stepped band of glossy speckled raspberry color. The central band echoes the matte adobe color of the lid, with carved lines and faces. There follows another stepped band of red, finishing at the bottom with the matte blue. Stamped into the adobe rim at the bottom are the words: MADE IN WALLOWA COUNTY. The dry adobe bottom is signed with Ted's iconic OLAF signature underlined with his squiggle and the date 94.
This covered pot/bowl/jar/box is 6 3/4 inches tall to the top of the 4 3/4 inch diameter lid, measures about 8 inches wide across the belly (a circumference of 25 inches) and has a round base 3 7/8 inches wide. With the lid on the piece weighs just shy of 3 pounds. It's in outstanding condition, with virtually no wear. Pottery by this artist is highly desirable and collectible and this lidded bowl is a handsome, unique example.