A smith who elects to chase a bowl in iron undertakes heavy, time-consuming work. The metal must be hammered thousands of times. In more than three decades, I have sought a single simple form. The few bowls I make each year hardly vary in size and shape from their forerunners.
They derive their appearance from such lengthy work and the value of the inexpensive material raise.
Fired with linseed oil, their iron is black.
A streak of gold on some bowls pierces this darkness, contrast and enhance the iron. You shall not see them as things for daily use, but rather as holders for your thoughts.
Bowl: Steel. Fired with linseed oil. Year 2011
Photo: Franz Karl