Most decoration applied to ceramic objects is generally conceived in two
dimensions. In this remarkable vase the surface design echoes the total
three dimensional form of the object from any angle including top down.
The decorative treatment amplifies the physical attributes of the vase.
As the surface is rotated an amazingly varied panorama emerges. The boldness
and confidence of the design is enhanced by the energetic arid expressive
line that is a consequence of scratching through the layers of color. The
resistance of the surface produces a completely different effect than a
painted line. The surface of the vase is more like the leathery skin of
some unknown animal than the customary smooth and reflective surface that
characterizes most glazed pottery. Although, at first glance the vase appears
to be black and white, closer scrutiny reveals that it is made of two colors
that simply have no name.