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Chalice by Edwin and Mary Scheier
Chalice by Edwin and Mary Scheier

Chalice by Edwin and Mary Scheier

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Alternating inverted figures holding the undulating form of a snake form a band around this 18 1/4 inches tall chalice made by Edwin Scheier in 1962. At one point in this band the snake's tail is about to be bitten by the snake, whose jaws are open around it. The decoration is inscribed and impressed (in areas of the background), and facial features, hands and feet, and breasts, protrude from the body of the figures.
Other examples of decorated pieces by Edwin portray aspects of the Biblical story of Adam and Eve, and this appears to be another variation of that theme.
The glaze is a glossy deep blue above and below this band and brown within it.
The chalice form and their figural decoration is to me the major innovation within Scheier work during the 1960's. This period also showed the production of new surface treatment variations and glazes.