Beautiful work, Rob...difficulty typing as I'm drooling over the chawan...
You mention part of your artistic philosophy is acting as a facilitator...may I ask where you as an artist stopped in this piece and where the kiln gods took over?
Thank you for your more than generous comments Carl.
If I may share this, I try to create/enable work that is simple on many levels yet complex on others, as after all what can be simpler than a bowl. No lids, spouts, nor handles to hide behind, just material selection, intent, and execution if one can say that when dealing with a raging kiln at the end of the whole thing. Much involves hunches/intuition ie. the look and feel of clay and glaze materials, glaze application, kiln placement, and finally "reading' the fire. As such, for me the chawan is the most difficult piece to "make" as there is an honesty in a good chawan that is undeniable, yet easy to see....... Hopefully a few of my pieces might succeed on this level.