A very modern, very '70s bowl that was made by a skilled potter, this piece is large and has a distinctive, inventive shape. Both the exterior and interior display the evidence of the potter's hands in the ridges that encircle the piece. While it has a round base and body, the top is square with pinched corners. (No, it's not an ashtray--the cigarette would slide right off into the bowl.)
The glazes are truly masterful. The interior glaze is browns and greys and tans that drip and shade and end in a swirl at the bottom. The same glaze spills over the top edge onto a speckled cinnamon color that has dark shading between the ridges. It's all covered with a clear glossy glaze. The foot ring and the bottom have been left dry (unglazed) and show the cream color of the clay. There is a mark incised on the bottom which we have researched in every database we could find with no success in identifying it. You can see it in photograph #4; it is possibly SR...or not.
The bowl stands 4 1/2 inches high on a 4 inch round base. The mouth is about 6 inches square and the piece weighs two pounds. It's in really exceptional condition and a beautifully made piece of modern styling and design.