Tahbo, Mark – Large Open Plainware Bowl (1993)
Mark Tahbo was known not just for his painted pottery, but especially for the blushes on his pottery from the firing. This bowl is from the 1993. It is one of his larger plainware pieces and it is fully polished on the inside and the outside. Mark polished it in a horizontal manner. I remember that he had a similar piece but taller which he always kept in his kitchen. This bowl was outdoor fired to create the coloration. Mark was masterful at firing and always wanted to achieve dramatic blushes on the surface of his pottery. When they turned out with variations like on this jar, from white to deep orange, he was the most pleased. Mark told me about his plainware work:
“My first plainware pieces were done years ago. I was sure that these would be well received and gallery owner Charles King took a chance with them. They were an immediate hit! I don’t do very much plainware for it has to be flawless. The surface has to be free of all dips or air holes and the shape has to be elegant on its own, as there is no design to distract the eye. The colors achieved on the pots are truly amazing. Each piece is fired outdoors using sheep dung and coals. I love it!”
The jar is signed on the bottom “Mark Tahbo”. It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair. There is also one of his business cards from the time that goes with the bowl. Definitely a classic of his pottery!