An exquisitely decorated stoneware vase by Mark Heywood of Whynot Pottery in North Carolina, this is one of our all-time favorites. The pottery was established in 1982 by Mark with his fellow potter (and wife) Meredith Heywood, in an area where potters have been making their wares for 300 years. Every piece of their exceptional pottery is made by hand and only by them. The impressed marks on the bottom include: Whynot Pottery at the top; Mark's script signature in the center and Whynot, NC at the bottom.
This 9 1/4 inch tall vase has a mouth nearly 4 inches across and a baluster shaped body with a belly about 7 inches across sloping down to a dry foot 2 3/4 inches in diameter. There are two small scrolled and grooved handles that add decorative interest. The incised designs are incredibly complex and are covered with a rutile ash glaze in brown, black and rust that dripped over the mouth and into the upper part of the interior, which is fully glazed in a gorgeous solid rusty orange. The throwing ridges are clearly evident on the inside walls. The vase is in perfect condition and weighs a sturdy 2 pounds 9 ounces. It's a masterpiece by a master potter that fits flawlessly into any decor.