The Dogwood Vase is a shape that has been made in Ben’s family for three generations. During the 1920s, Ben’s grandfather, Ben Owen Sr., was a potter at Jugtown Pottery. While there, in 1928, the Busbees of Jugtown entered a vase, made by Ben Owen Sr., in the Dogwood Festival. The vase was awarded best in the show and from that time forward, the vase was called the Dogwood Vase. The sculptured flowers on either side of this exquisite vase honor North Carolina which later came to be known as “The Dogwood State”.
The vase is made from local earthenware clay to enrich the brilliant blue glaze tones. Covered in a new Ben Owen Pottery proprietary glaze blend, Opal Blue, each piece displays a beautiful array of variegated hues. The glaze was named after the incredible natural color of blue opals.
The scalloped design on the base directly reflects the heavy Asian influence in Ben III's form and design, a common theme in his body of work. The scalloped design is commonly seen in early Chinese glazed pottery during the Song and Tang Dynasties, as well as in early Japanese techniques.
Sure to become a favored piece of art in the home or office, this Dogwood Vase is both decorative and functional for fresh floral arrangements. Measuring 7”w x 13”h.
Please Note: What appear to be white spots on the surface are reflections from photo lighting.
This piece is hand-signed by Ben Owen III with the year made (2022).