Lime and Topaz Feathers Bowl
As a Fellow of the Society of Designer Craftsmen I have always been inspired by this tenet of William Morris. He wrote “Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful”
I call this series of work “Morris Bowls” because I think they relate to that quote and I really like the idea of making things that people can use. These wide bowls are great for fruit or salad as well as being decorative and they are very satisfying to make.
The method I use for the pattern is a variation on a classic glassblowing technique called trailing and feathering. But it has a contemporary twist. Confectioners and pastry chefs also use this technique, with icing. You can see it in the classic mille-feuille. Delicious!
The other reason that I call this series of bowls after William Morris, is that the patterns in the glass remind me of some of Morris’ floral work.
Each bowl is completely unique. I quite often make them as demonstration pieces, so I don’t usually repeat the colours or styles. I prefer the random qualities that this process entails.
The ideal way to display this lime and topaz feathers bowl is against a white or pale background or on a windowsill. Because the colours are transparent they show up better against a white background than against a dark background.
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