Bowl 14 - Crowning Glory by Jenny Mosher
Crowning Glory celebrates so much - the joy of colour and rainbows, mathematics (not that I could quite get the maths right for this display), history and stamps. It would make a dedicated philatelist cry, but would thrill a dedicated monarchist as it's made from the Machin head stamps I retained when selling my father's stamp collection - the collection I held onto for 20 years after his death, thinking that one day I'd get it sorted. After two decades I realised that I needed to let it go, so I did. Barring the Machin heads - I had plans for them! (You can read more about them and their history here: https://www.postalmuseum.org/discover/collections/machin-design/)
So here we have a variety of prices and postal classes - not all columns bear exactly the same face value stamp, nor exactly the same colour, but it's interesting to look at the various postmarks and how they sometimes seem to connect with the next column, even though that was never intended.
I realised that someone may wish to hang this bowl, rather than use it flat, so I've fitted it with three 'feet'. (Having three feet allows it to sit evenly on a flat surface.) A d-ring (which will be supplied with the bowl) can be screwed into the foot above the bowl's name, without piercing through the bottom of the bowl, and then it can be put on a picture hook.
The background is gold acrylic paint, and I felt that the outside needed to be left plain - adding anything felt like I was just overdoing it.
So far, this is my crowning glory of a bowl! While I'm particularly attached to a lot of my bowls and don't always want to see them leave the fold, this one I just love looking at.
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This series of papier mache bowls is created from self-supporting papier mache, bar the base which has been strengthened with a piece of recycled corrugated cardboard.
All bowls are made from a combination of recycled office and other paper, and some contain new paper for decorative purposes. The occasional bowl will also incorporate other media such as beads etc. The bowls are created using PVA glue and/or Bondcrete and are sealed with at least three coats of Cabot's Benchtop Clear food safe varnish.
Each bowl is unique.
The bowls are decorative only - while they are sealed and can be wiped clean with a damp cloth, they should not be immersed in any liquid, nor should they be placed in the dishwasher, oven or microwave.
While they've been sealed with a food safe varnish, I don't recommend using them as a storage bowl for fruit where the skin is intended to be eaten e.g. plums, apples, grapes etc. Thicker skin which will be peeled should be okay e.g. oranges, bananas, rockmelon etc.
No bowl is completely round, nor completely flat. While the structure starts off reasonably straight, it slowly takes on its own dents and warps as it grows.
Bowl 14 - Crowning Glory details:
Diameter: 29 cm
Height: Between 7.25 and 7.75 cm
Weight: 148 gms (0.148 kg)