eclipse nesting bowls - set of 5by Marge Margulies
- the story
California-based potter Marge Marguiles creates vibrant nesting bowls that combine the rich colors found in nature with an textured, asymmetrical surface that invites tactile exploration. Marge works with a wheel, pulling, pinching, and kneading the earthenware clay into the artist's interpretation of the moon's many phases. Dappled swirls scored into the underside of the bowls suggest a celestial view offset with rich, earth-toned glazes. Taken individually, these varied pieces make striking backdrops for appetizers and entrées, and are perfectly suited to serve gatherings both intimate and extravagant. Handmade in California.
- Item ID
- Made from
- clay, glaze
- approx. 13" W x 3.5" H
- Food safe, dishwasher safe; microwave briefly.
- the maker
For ten years after her graduation from The Philadelphia College of Art in 1981, Marge Margulies worked in restaurants, painting on the side, until her friends and colleagues convinced her to pool most of her resources and take her work to her first major trade show.
For the nine years that have passed since she made that first big gamble, Marge has made a living selling her beautiful work all over the country.
"The decision to focus on pottery instead of painting was really a functional one," says Marge. "I had more paintings than I knew what to do with; I'd filled up my parents' house with them, and it was apparent I wasn't going to make a living selling them."
Marge calls her first designs in pottery "painterly," and says she has simplified her approach to design since then. "I've left the ridges visible in this line," she notes, "because I think people appreciate being able to see that a person's hands made something."
She spoke with us about the art of throwing pottery. "It's a lot like mastering a language - once you become fluent, you don't have to stop and think every time you want to communicate a thought. Now I have the technical skill to create whatever I think of. The hardest part is thinking of the idea."
Mastering the art takes awhile, however. Marge says that people who have just watched a demonstration are frequently surprised at how difficult it actually is. "You really have to be able to put the time into it in order to get good at throwing," Marge says. "It only looks easy."
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