The design language Grechukhin has created over the years tends to play towards compact forms as a rule, varying with the here-and-there usage of longer shanks. That having been said, I have to say this is the most intensely compact shape I've seen from Vladimir yet. The shank is very short, and both it and the transition are nearly as deep as the entire height of the bowl - everything, really, is very tight-knit. Yet as much as he's concentrated and compressed the Blowfish shape, he's still managed to pack in curves and flourished that progress along smooth and natural lines, creating a composition that is equal parts grace and mass. To this the defined sandblast, densely grained briar, and smoldering contrast stain make an ideal complement.
- Eric N. Squires