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Automatic Drawing Chalice by Edwin and Mary Scheier

#2147

The great chalices of the mid 1960's fairly consistently had decoration based on Biblical stories, albeit ones abstractly represented and imaginatively told. This work is unusual and possibly unique in that its decorative imagery is related to the Surrealist inspired automatic drawing that is seen a decade earlier on bowls made by Mary and with surface treatment designed and executed by Edwin. As in those earlier works, this piece, signed "Scheier" and dated 66 (1966), appears at first to be entirely abstract in drawing and then, upon careful observation, reveals facial profiles and hands.
The chalice is primarily covered in a matte brown volcanic glaze with areas of bronze and copper color. The central band which holds the decorative frieze is inscribed with off- white drawing. The different glazes transition beautifully into each other. Inside the piece is deep brown except for an area near the rim which is blue-grey in color.
20 inches high and with a maximum diameter of 7 inches.