A Clash of Concepts


Roseville Art Deco "Tourmaline" Bowl with Mottled Burnt Orange and Caramel Glazing (LEO Design)


Art will sometimes present interesting contradictions.  Sometimes the viewer catches the inconsistencies and sometimes the viewer just enjoys the piece for its aesthetic pleasance.

This Art Deco rosebowl, made by Roseville in the 1930's, juxtaposes two opposing forces: hard structure and organic spontaneity.  The ceramic structure of the bowl itself is a crisp and intentional form—precise, architectural, disciplined.  One could almost imagine the bas relief shoulder design inspiring the utilitarian venting within the vast inner shaft of the Star Wars Death Star.  On top of this "hard" form, however, is a random and impromptu and very soft glazing effect—mottled glazing (in a warm, gentle color) applied in an irregular (and seemingly unplanned) way.  The juxtaposition of hard vs. soft, deliberate vs. random, gives the piece an interesting tension to contemplate.  Or, you could just appreciate a pretty vase with a pleasing glaze.

This vase was made in Roseville, Ohio and is glazed in the company's "Tourmaline" glaze.  Click on the photo above to learn more about this piece.


Though our Greenwich Village store is now permanently closed, LEO Design is still alive and well!  Please visit our on-line store where we continue to sell Handsome Gifts (www.LEOdesignNYC.com)

We also can be found in Pittsburgh's historic "Strip District" at Mahla & Co. Antiques (www.mahlaantiques.com) or in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania at The Antique Center of Strabane (www.antiquecenterofstrabane.com).

Or call to arrange to visit our Pittsburgh showroom (by private appointment only).  917-446-4248