Shupla, Helen – Melon Bowl with 20 Ribs (1970)
Helen Shupla is certainly most famous for her exceptional melon jars. This is an early piece of her pottery from around from around 1970. It is carved with 20 angular ribs, instead of having them pushed out as the wall of the bowl. Each rib is carved at an angle into the clay, giving them a feeling of movement. The entire surface is fully polished. The bowl is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Helen Shupla”. It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.