Title: Fruit Bowl
Dimensions: 7 x 7 x 5″
This sturdy angled bowl is made with hand-coiling and finished with an emerald green glaze, fired at cone10. Food-safe and able to be put in the oven, microwave, or freezer, this bowl is functionally versatile but also can be appreciated for decorative purposes when filled with some fresh apples, oranges or mangos.
I use the term “pottery” instead of “ceramics,” to describe my work, as the term conjures handmade, more ancient methods of clay work rather than modern or more refined techniques. I want to celebrate the human touch on the clay, and as such, my pottery has an intentionality in the imperfections. Since I have launched my work as a potter after my 2016 name change, this is the ONLY medium that is signed “ND” on the bottom of the work, to honor my legal name Nkechi Diallo. My fine art career in painting, drawing, cut paper, and sculpture began in my teens, and I continue to sign my birth name Rachel Dolezal, or “RD” for those bodies of work, for continuity purposes. Each piece of pottery is hand made, dried, fired, glazed, and re-fired at cone10, which is the hottest kiln. The glazes chosen are food-safe, and these pieces may be used in the oven, microwave, fridge or freezer safely.