I must have been either bacon or lettuce in a past life, because I have loved the Tomato shape ever since I laid my eyes upon one. Moreover, that sense of possible porcine product past doesn’t waiver with the interpretation, odd, given the daunting number of approaches to the form presently out there. This Ernie Markle “Mat’s” (a small tomato, go with me here), is fascinatingly different than most. As a preface: though, on the surface, a Tomato seems like a relatively simple shape to create, that surface masks a maddening difficulty in achieving a totality that isn’t... well, wonky, and that difficulty bar rises without some of the play allowed in a bent form. Ernie didn’t elect to use the all-but-given technique of exuberantly widening and flattening the bowl. Nay, to achieve this tomatoie-goodness, he allowed the underside of the shank to run fully undisturbed half way through the vertical axis of the bowl, followed by a quick rise of the fore/heel of the latter. Forward momentum, an overarching Tomato shape which feels every bit as classical as a straight Apple, and cheeks so cute that they beg to be pinched (yeah, I tried).
--R. ‘Bear’ Graves