Large bowl with decorated reserves by Edwin and Mary Scheier
An unusual bowl that is a variant of the series made by the Scheiers in the late 1940's through the mid 50's which employ Surrealist-style automatic drawing. In this example, executed in a yellowish-tan to brown matte glaze, the overall background of the exterior of the piece is decorated with free-hand-drawn parallel horizontal lines. Within this background decoration there are eight "reserves", areas that contain another approach to drawn decoration and separate it from the rest of the surface decoration. These reserves are made with raised lips and alternating forms- closed ovals and open-ended vertical w-shapes. Within the reserves faces and hands emerge from a pattern of lines, often concentric, creating a sense of figures trying to form themselves within their spatial confines.
9 5/8 inches wide at rim and 9 inches high.