The Blowfish is a shape that can vary wildly, not just from artisan to artisan, but from rendition to rendition as well. I mention that because this Poul Winslow is one of those ambiguous cases wherein a design might readily be labeled a Blowfish by one man, and a bent Apple by another. While it is asymmetric in design, a typical feature of Blowfish shapes, it is also a Winslow, which are also quite commonly playfully asymmetrical in general. In the end, I'm going with "bent Apple", simply on account of the grain orientation; the standard for the Blowfish is a cross-grain, with the birdseye displayed at the flanks, but as you can see this Poul Winslow was clearly arranged to show off the light, quick, yet plentiful strokes of flame grain, not just along the full length of the flanks, but across the front of the bowl as well.
- Eric N. Squires