Reminiscent of Michail Revyagin' "Bee Calabash" Gabriele has here fashioned a briar defined by two rounded, bulbous forms joined at an acute angle. Gabriele, however, went even stronger with the organic potential of this theme, lending the bowl a hazelnut shape, and the shank one rather like a fattened-up almond. Both are enough alike that don't appear incongruous together, but also sufficiently differing as to keep things more interesting than two differently scaled, but otherwise identical shapes would have been. And surprisingly enough he also managed to make this very naturalistic number a stable sitter, using just a small, subtle "foot" poking out below the transition.
- ERic N. Squires