G. Penzo: Smooth Blowfish with Bamboo (Flame) (B)

Product Number: 002-782-0035

The Blowfish isn't a shape I usually associate with Giacomo Penzo. His shaping style lends itself to the form, showing a penchant for Danish-inspired forms and precise linework, but until now, I had not seen a Blowfish from him. And in this piece, what we have is something remarkably different from many of the shapes we've seen in the past.

As a rendition of the blowfish, all of the elements one would hope to see are intact: crisp ridgelines dividing cross-grain from birdseye, and grain patterns that are vivid and well-defined. In whole, the piece also plays with asymmetry, bending softly to the right when viewed from above — not just in bowl or shank, either, but the entire piece making a subtle ebb, as if pulled by a gentle current. It is particularly interesting as a feature, considering the use of a bamboo shank extension, which must have been carefully chosen to pair with the bowl to achieve such a sense of motion. Not only that, but the bamboo sports a fine rhythm to its knuckles, with six of them evenly spaced along its length. The stem, too, maintains the sideways-ebbing motion of the rest of the piece, carved to match even as its salmon coloring provides a pop of color to the overall palette. Quite the impressive piece from Giacomo.

- Rachel DuBose

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Measurements & Other Details

  • Length: 6.95 in./176.53 mm.
  • Weight: 2.11 oz./59.87 g.
  • Bowl Height: 2.00 in./50.80 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.36 in./34.54 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.85 in./21.59 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.54 in./39.12 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Blowfish
  • Finish: Smooth
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: Italy
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