Ebelacker, Jason – Red Carved Box with Avanyu & Avanyu Lid
This is an exceptional lidded box by Jason Ebelacker. He is a son of Richard Ebelacker and grandson of Virginia Ebelacker. Jason has been focusing on traditional shapes for his pottery. This box is fully carved around the side with a water serpent (avanyu) design, which encircles the entire piece. It is difficult to create boxes, especially larger ones, as the flat sides tend to crack in drying and firing. The design here flows around the surface and yet changes in each panel! It is beautifully designed. The surprise to the piece is the lid, where he has carved in reverse another water serpent! The polishing and clean carved lines are striking on the piece. Jason is certainly one of the younger potters to watch!