The Road Less Travelled
You may be accustomed to finding our traditional line, priced to be affordable to the middle class. We would love to be making it and also to be teaching others how to make our line but, alas, we do not currently have a production and training studio. To raise funds for a studio we are putting our vintage collection of rare, one of a kind and original design prototypes on the market. To learn more, follow our blog, Andersen Studio Evolution Diaries. We love this process and are committed to seeing it continue for the benefit of future makers.
One of a Kind Bowl by Weston Neil Andersen Early Fifties or Late Forties. 5.5 inches in diameter and 4 inches tall
The bowl appears to be thrown suggesting that Weston may have created it when he was in Ohio. It is decorated in a wonderfully organic abstract pattern, identifying the decorator as Weston, rather than Brenda. The white rim on the outside of the bowl is uneven giving the work a humanistic appeal .The pattern is intuitive taking on a resemblance to a hieroglyphic alphabet arising from the personal sub conscience of the creator.
The outside of the bowl must have been glazed in white and the pattern painted in wax before being brushed with a deep navy blue color. The inside of the bowl was probably painted before being glazed in white picking up the rimmed effect created by the wheel throwing technique, and utilizing the way the color skips over some areas so that the white becomes more prominent in one area producing an organic form as if a leaf had fallen into the bowl during the making process.
This early work by Weston reflects his organic and natural philosophy about ceramic decoration.
Andersen Design was started by Weston and Brenda Andersen in 1952. Our generation has the great honor and responsibility to guide it into the 21st century, maintaining while expanding upon its unique philosophy. What is that you say? Read on... Andersen Studio Evolution Diaries, by Susan Mackenzie Andersen
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