Askwith: Sandblasted Morta Chubby Apple

Product Number: 002-499-0291

Chris Askwith certainly has a way with proportions, sometimes extending them beyond borders most would consider possible, and doing so with a style and expertise that renders these new shapes into intuitively appropriate and fun forms. I'm not saying that the Apple presented here is proportioned beyond normalcy, but despite what I don't say, it is, and it's surprising how well the shape works. Restraint is key here, believe it or not. Chris has reduced the sculptural sensibilities of the transition, for example, to maintain the rounded theme of the composition, and he's incorporated a dramatically tapering shank-and-stem configuration to additionally emphasize the rounded structure of the stummel.

Askwith has chosen to orient the grain structure of the morta in precise vertical alignment, providing the "slimming" vertical lines that the fashion industry expounds in creation that contradicts that cliche. Counterintuitively, that vertical grain supports the chubby aspect of the bowl, supported by the very high transition that appears even higher thanks to those vertical lines.

A violet-and-white, variegated mouthpiece offers dynamic contrast against the elegant black of the morta, its wavy, random visual presentation stands out in stark contradiction to the structured disposition of the grain. The dramatic taper from transition to lip button further emphasizes the chubby aspect of the bowl for a rendition that elevates simplicity of form in a composition clearly complex in execution.

- Chuck Stanion
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Measurements & Other Details

  • Length: 4.73 in./120.14 mm.
  • Weight: 2.30 oz./65.20 g.
  • Bowl Height: 1.87 in./47.50 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.29 in./32.77 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.77 in./19.56 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.96 in./49.78 mm.
  • Stem Material: Other
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Apple
  • Finish: Sandblast
  • Material: Morta
  • Country: England
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