Born in 1948 in Toledo, Ohio, Barbara Culp has been a working artist since 1968. Schooled at the Columbus College of Art and Design, she stayed on in the Columbus area as an accessories designer, evolving into creating objects of enameled copper in the mid-1990's. Culp kiln fires each piece multiple times at 1400 to 1600 degrees F. The enamel, a fine powder of pigmented glass, melts in the heat and bonds permanently with the copper.
This beautiful bowl was signed by hand on the bottom with her customary 'B. Culp'. It's decorated with four primitive figures: three animals and one human figure with a bow and arrow. These are painted on in dark brown enamel, with the background colors varying shades of rust and apricot. The designs on Barbara Culp’s bowls and plates are reminiscent of the petroglyphs adorning rock walls there., giving the bowl a Southwest vibe. They also remind us of the cave paintings in Lascaux, France.
This piece has a 10 inch diameter and stands 3 ¼ inches tall. It’s in absolutely terrific condition with no cracks, chips or dents. This bowl has the knack of looking great in modern, traditional, ethnic or eclectic interiors.
Note: The white spots are of course due to the lighting.
>>>The raku pottery pot shown is sold, as is the African gourd.
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