For your consideration, two circa early 1990’s ceramic bowls by the noted American studio ceramicist, Ray West. Both bowls are from West’s desirable Camp Nelson period and both display the same sophisticated palette of matt teal blue, grays and off-whites. The shallow bowls are noteworthy for their finely proportioned pedestal bases and high level of aesthetics. The larger of the two works measure 6 7/8” in diameter and 2” tall, and the second bowl measures 4” in diameter and stands 1” tall. Both are in excellent condition with no chips or cracks. The larger bowl is stamped “Ray West Camp Nelson California”, and the smaller bowl has a faint signature on its base (very faint and filled in with glaze). Both are from the same collection of Ray West pottery and are guaranteed to be authentic. Two highly refined works by this noted Californian studio pottery artist, truly “functional art”.
Artist Information from the web (Sequoia Pottery): “Ray has been a full-time studio potter since 1973. He creates one-of-a-kind hand-thrown porcelain pieces, using crystalline glazes and other similar high-fire fluid glazes; some matte and some high gloss. These types of glazes require an exacting application and design of glaze and a precision firing schedule to be successful. All of the glazes tend to be unpredictably fluid and leave a jagged, chipped foot when removed from the kiln. So, each piece is fired on a small custom pedestal and the residue and flaws are ground away once they have cooled.
He experiments with new glazes and applications in every work cycle and chooses from the tests to expand his glaze palette. Each piece is fired in a large, commercially manufactured electric kiln that was re-engineered with modern controllers to fire these types of glazes. He is attracted to and selects glazes that reflect some property of nature, from the cosmos to lichens growing on a rock”. (4)
Two Vintage 1990’s Ray West – Camp Nelson Period Bowls