Shupla, Helen – Melon Bowl with 20 Ribs (1970)
Helen Shupla is certainly most famous for her exceptional melon jars. This is an early piece from around 1970. It is carved with 20 ribs instead of having them pushed out as the wall of the bowl. However, the ribs are carved at an angle that gives them the feel of movement. The entire surface is fully polished. The bowl is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Helen Shupla”. It is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.