Something I particularly like about certain Danish Brandies, Eggs, and Tulips is the way, handled just right, the taper, form, and rim of the bowl can produce an illusion of an eggshell-like hollowness and delicacy, even while the walls actually remain plenty thick. It's a trick Ernie pulled off perfectly here; viewed from above, this briar pulls off the illusion with aplomb... which is why the first thing I did was stick my finger in the chamber, just to make sure the walls really weren't just a hair's-breadth thick.
While that bit of magic may be very Danish, the rest of the shape is overall textbook modern American, combining the sense of smooth lines and form of the Danish, with a firmer, more industrial-design handling. The result is a quiet, beautiful reinterpretation of the classic, sleeker and more powerful than the English-traditional, more solid and confident than the Danish-neoclassical.
- Eric N. Squires