Shupla, Helen – Wedding Vase with 21 Melon Ribs (1970’s)
Helen Shupla is famous for her carved pottery as well as her exceptional melon jars. This piece combines her melon shaped vessels with the wedding vase form. The top of the piece is the wedding vase with a twisted handle and two spouts. The body of the piece has 21 melon ribs, which are pushed out from the inside to create the undulating form. The entire piece is fully polished and fired a deep black coloration. The wedding vase is signed, “Helen Shupla” on the bottom in the clay. It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.