Zane Smith, Richard – Corrugated Bowl with Wood/Rock Handle (2005)
This a striking corrugated plate by Richard Zane Smith. For his plates, the coils are smoothed out on one inside but left exposed on the other. This distinctive style of pottery is a revival of the pre-historic concept of corrugated pottery. The earliest corrugated pieces were often baskets which had clay applied to them and then fired, creating a “corrugated” appearance. The small coils are used as part of the design and give each piece a textural feel. The plate provides a striking presentation of the corrugated style. They circle around to the center of the piece. On the back, it is stamped with designs. The handle is made from wood which Richard finds near his house in Oklahoma. The wood is primarily roots which grow near the creek and often, as with this piece, grow around rocks. The rock in the center of the handle is actually attached to the surrounding wood. It is signed on the back, “Ricard Zane Smith”. It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.