Even the simplest shapes can make for rich compositions. Take a cylindrical-bowled straight Pot, for example. Then lend it a long shank of pale, slender bamboo. Then shape it from gorgeously straight-grained briar. And make sure that's plateau
briar, because the next thing you're going to do is shave down the rim until just the slightest hint of the once-craggy plateau's pattern remains, resulting in a delicately crackled surface. I mention all of that, of course, because it is just what Scott Klein has done here.
- Eric N. Squires