"Window Bowls are the result of my investigation of light. How can a vessel contain light? How can it offer or release light? I want access to the interior of the vessel. I continue to explore a range of materials and processes looking for ways to enhance the qualities of light."
The stunning effect of these Window Bowls comes from a long and multi-stepped process.
The bowls are thrown on a potter’s wheel and trimmed. At the right moment of dryness, the "windows" are cut out of the bowl. The next step is multiple coats of terra sigillatta and two rounds of careful burnishing (polishing) with a special stone. The bowls are then either packed in sawdust in a saggar for the jet black effect in my electric kiln, or packed with sawdust and other materials and pit-fired for a mottled finish.
If the bowls survive to this point, they are then cleaned and primed for the application of metallic leafing (either copper or silver); the leafing is applied and then sealed.
The final step is the creation of the “window dressing”. Natural, organic pieces, semi-precious stones and metals and other found objects are suspended in the windows. The window 'dressings' range from organic found objects to fabricated silver or copper sculptures.
The effect is luminous and magical: Vessels for the containment of light and beauty and peaceful contemplation.
Window Bowls are best displayed by using two sources of light-one directed into the bowl from above and one to highlight the contents of the window.
Window Bowls 2012
Here is a short video documentary of my residency at the Byrdcliffe Arts Colony in Woodstock, NY, June 2012, by Darryl Lauster.
These are new pieces I developed during my residency at the Byrdcliffe Arts Colony, June 2012. The second and third pieces I'm calling Ostracons to reference the pottery fragments with writing-Ostracon-of ancient Greece. Here, however, the fragment is not a shard of pottery, but a fragment of poetry by fellow Byrdcliffe resident, poet Jeanne Larsen, that is painted in copper leaf on the exterior of the bowl. The last three pieces I call Omphalos, referencing the ancient Greek term for "Navel of the World".
Window Bowls 2011
These are from my Memories series. Many of the 'window treatments' include image transfer on mica, poetry fragments, topographical map fragments, seeds, feathers and other dream and memory transport vehicles.
These are samples of many of the Window Bowls that were available at the Washington Craft Show and were on display at the Waverly Street Gallery.