Più Bridge Handled Vessel

8 × 6 × 2.5 / Holiday Drop 2021

The Bridge Handled Vessel is inspired by the bulbous belly and connecting arch that is commonly found in Pre-Columbian and Etruscan water vessels to act as a handle for easy carrying. This 3rd iteration is perfect for small stems or as an object in itself.

The Più Series is, in essence, a miniature line of our most popular forms: The Single Stem Vessel, The Bridge Handled Vessel, and the Aortic Vessel. "Più" is an onomatopoeic word that sounds exactly how the pieces look, but with a twist, translates in Italian to "more". We like this play on the word whose sound mimics the feel of the piece, but also gets to the intentional root of this series; expanding on the work to make it more accessible and more varied.

Materials: Cast white stoneware, black underglaze, slightly textured matte black glaze.

References

Peruvian terracotta Bridge Handled Jug with Bird Whistle, 1000 AD


Entry in Robert Fournier's Illustrated Dictionary of Pottery Form: "Bridge Handle: A strap handle spanning two spouts on a closed in pot. A form fairly common in preColumbian American pottery and also occuring in Etruscan wares."

Columbian Bridge Handled Vessel in the shape of a circular house. David Berstein Gallery, New York.

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