Studio Pottery Bowl Hand Thrown Olive Glaze Notched Foot Marked
The potter who threw this bowl used a speckled, rough tan clay to create a piece with some of the characteristics of a chawan, an East Asian bowl used for preparing whipped tea. The way the rim is rolled and angled, the curves of the body which make it pleasurable to cup in your hands and the thick foot with three evenly spaced notches--all speak of a very thoughtful potter very much in tune with his clay.
The glaze on this bowl is an olive green, with a myriad of brown speckles and a high gloss clear top glaze, except on the bottoms of the three feet. The center bottom of the bowl is indented on the inside and formed into a beautiful swirl on the bottom (photographs #2 and #3). The throwing ridges are very evident and tactile on both the exterior and interior. On the side of the bowl above one of the feet, the potter signed the piece with an impressed, conjoined JR in a circle (photograph #4).
The bowl is 7 3/4 inches across the top, stands 3 1/2 inches high and weighs 2 pounds. There are a couple of small clay bumps on the inside and a few tiny glaze color variations, all created in the firing, but it is in gleaming, pristine condition otherwise. It's a handsome piece of studio pottery that works in any design setting.