Bottle forms have been a favored shape for centuries. A challenging but rewarding form to create, bottles are one of Ben’s favorite pieces to make on the potter’s wheel.
Traditionally created for the strict purpose of containment, today, bottle forms are appreciated for their delicate decorative shapes which contrast their organic, primal feel. Measuring 9”w x 15.75"h.
Please Note: What appears to be white spots on the surface are reflections from photo lighting.
During the 1920s, Ben’s grandfather, Ben Owen Sr., was a potter at Jugtown Pottery. While there, extensive research was done by Jacque Busbee who created many of the colors for the pottery. The Dogwood White glaze was inspired by Chinese and Japanese white finishes for pottery with a thick coating that resembled icing on a cake. In 1928, the Busbees of Jugtown entered a vase, made by Ben Owen, in the Dogwood festival with this white glaze. The vase was awarded best in the show and from that time forward, the vase was called the Dogwood Vase and the glaze named Dogwood White. This glaze works well for weddings and for a display of flowers.
This piece is hand-signed by Ben Owen III with year made (2020).