A unique carved bowl by potter, Bryan Pulliam. Glazed in a Ben Owen Pottery proprietary wood-fired glaze, Patina Green. This lovely carved bowl will provide a unique backdrop for floral arrangements. The hardwoods and pinewoods burned inside the kiln as the heat source provided a wonderfully serendipitous effect of ash accumulation along the surface of this bowl. Beautiful, unique, handmade. Measuring 8.5”dia. x 3.25”h.
Please Note: What appear to be white spots on the surface are reflections from photo lighting.
Bryan Pulliam (b. 1969) ventured into a career in pottery-making and created Bryan Pulliam Pottery after years of admiring and collecting Seagrove, NC pottery. Bryan was especially drawn to early works from Ben Owen, Sr. Between 2005 and 2008, Bryan formalized his studies in the professional craft of clay by attending classes at the Rockingham Community College and gaining an apprenticeship with Sally Hayes and Noah Carlton. Bryan learned the basic techniques of wheel-throwing joined with an artistic approach to form and design. Concentrating his studies on production firing in the electric and gas kilns, Bryan gained essential knowledge that would increase his own pottery-making endeavors.
Bryan and Ben Owen III connected over 16 years ago when Bryan visited Ben Owen Pottery with a piece made by Ben Owen Sr., Ben III’s grandfather. Bryan was curious about the piece and wanted to learn more about the pottery tradition. Bryan began volunteering to help fire Ben III’s wood kilns, and, learned valuable information. After years of colleagueship and friendship with Ben III, Bryan is now a full-time studio assistant here at Ben Owen Pottery. Many of his days are filled with mixing glaze recipes and applying glazes to Ben’s pieces, along with loading and unloading kilns. In his spare time, Bryan makes his own signature work to sell in our retail store and online store.
The Patina Green Glaze was first developed by Ben III, in the early 1990s while in college at East Carolina, as a glossy forest green made from the pigment copper. When testing the glaze in the wood kilns back home at the family pottery, the results were strikingly different with many variations of color and surface. If fired in the wood kiln with no salt added to the firing, the color will be a darker green with small crystals on the surface. If finished in a wood and salt firing, the salt will brighten the color and create more blue-green hues with random small crystals on the surface.
This piece is hand-signed by Bryan Pulliam with the year made (2021).