Beautifully thrown and beautifully glazed, this very modern yet primitive bowl was thrown by Michael Hoyland of the United Kingdom. Made of a heavy, coarse-grained grey clay, the bowl’s interior is composed of swirls and blobs and spots on a chocolate brown background. The whole bowl except for the very bottom is topped with a clear glaze that’s very satiny to the touch and rises to a dimple in the center of the bowl. The throwing ridges are evident on the underside and Michael Hoyland’s mark, the conjoined initials MH, set into a rectangle with rounded corners, are impressed into the side of the bowl directly over the rim.
The bowl measures 9 1/2 inches across the top, tapering to a 4 1/2 inch diameter round base. It’s 2 1/2 inches high and weighs a hefty 2 3/4 pounds. It’s a very striking piece of hand thrown studio art pottery.