Chris Asteriou: Smooth Chubby Strawberry with Silver

Product Number: 002-540-0118

This Strawberry shape is immediately recognizable as the work of Chris Asteriou as it's one of the Greek carver's signature designs. It's been presented in a few different forms in the past, seen in smooth or sandblasted finishes and accented by materials such as horn and bamboo. Here, Chris has crafted his chubbiest and most compact rendition of the one's we've received, while also being the first we've seen to be accented by sterling silver. Though his style often tends to gravitate towards Anglo-French shapes, this example is noticeably influenced by the Danish school — evidenced by the lifting heel and curling line work to the underside. The plump bowl features just a slight hint of concave shaping around the rim in a much more subtle manner compared to past examples. And for a unique twist, Asteriou has added two heel spurs with the one directly under the transition being more prominent than the understated spur directly in front of it.

What I find most impressive here is the shaping — more specifically how it has informed the overall grain orientation of the composition. The flaring shank is ever-so-slightly asymmetrical, allowing uninterrupted streaks of grain to be placed above the ridgelines. The transition is neatly tucked underneath the bulbous bowl, further accentuating its visual weight in profile and guiding the eye to an impressive display of grain. A gorgeous contrast stain highlights a wealth of vertical grain around the bowl's high-set waistline, while above, a sea of birdseye is visible around the rim. Out back, the dramatically flaring shank leads to a stem with a base wrapped by a broad band of sterling silver, an area not typically utilized by Asteriou when it comes to silver accents. However, it's a perfect complement to an already unique piece that sees Chris further pushing the boundaries on one of his signature shapes.

- Jeffery Sitts
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Measurements & Other Details

  • Length: 4.30 in./109.22 mm.
  • Weight: 1.82 oz./51.71 g.
  • Bowl Height: 1.58 in./40.13 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.28 in./32.51 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.75 in./19.05 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.78 in./45.21 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Freehand
  • Finish: Smooth
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: Greece
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