Ohio River Pottery: A Bowl is a Bowl is a . . .

Not a true statement. In my mind, there are bowls – and then there are bowls.

Sometimes, bowls take on very interesting shapes. Even production pieces like those made at Steubenville Pottery for the American Modern line of dinnerware designed by Russel Wright.

This bowl is a vessel that seems to cradle all that it holds. Sometimes it looks like an open hand . . .it is a curve that does not stop at a hard edge at the top. The edge is curved back on itself. There is not one hard edge.


Other times, I take a look and see a shell. It is, after all, a vessel. The shape is borrowed from the natural world . . .  organic and minimalist. Modern and classic.