The "What If..." Bowl:
Sometimes in the course of my day in the hot shop there'll be a moment - found in the movement of the glass, the mixing of colours - that'll make me pause and think: "what if..." and suddenly I'll be following that train of thought and working on a brand new piece, one I've never made before, one I'm not quite sure how it'll turn out.
Some of these pieces are worthwhile, others teach me a lesson in humility. Sometimes a piece will be unique enough that I'll tentatively put it in my gallery, nervous as to the reaction... but curious, as well. Sometimes it'll stay there, as I grow accustomed to the piece and find I'm rather proud of it. Other times it'll find a place in the back room to gather dust as a lesson in technique.
This bowl is an example of one such piece. Coloured so that the interior has classic, early 20th century tones, while the exterior bursts in deep rich colour, it's a piece that belongs to two eras, and one which will hold a place of uniqueness in my gallery - until the next time I see something unexpected in the glass.
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