This Castello Trademark displays a good bit of grain, in quantity and variety. The left flank's whorls aren't something that falls into the typical ideal, but I find the pattern interesting anyhow; for whatever reason, I keep seeing a medieval illustration of a monk with his head bowed. On to the less strange, the right flank is dressed in flame, of the tight, windswept type. Moving to the underside, we find what I think is the real show: birdseye beginning where shank meets stem, and continuing on uninterrupted through the heel, right up to the forward edge of the rim.
- Eric N. Squires