This is a truly exquisite set. The simply huge handmade bowl, and the smaller accompanying, have been hand-thrown on a potters' wheel, and subsequently bisque fired.
The bowls were then glazed, painstakingly and meticulously painted, before once again being fired. Both of these bowls are completely safe to microwave, and can even be trusted in the dishwasher!
Before I discuss the bowls themselves, it is worth noting that while Sandy Kreyer still operates today (and still produces some incredible works of art) these are two bowls that hail from a day long past. With a 14 INCH Diameter (Length Across Top) this bowl is undoubtably one of Kreyer's largest. Take into consideration the 90's creation date of these one of a kind ceramic porcelain hand painted bowls...Normally, it is common to see vintage porcelain ceramic bowls with cracks, fissures, breaks, etc. It is, also, common to see poorly glued repairs. " And finally, it is common to see a "dulling of vibrancy in terms of the colors of the paint. These bowls, however - are anything but common. They are without breaks, fissures, cracks, dulling, etc. They are HEAVY, bold, and more works of art than something I would ever eat out of (though you absolutely could if you so desired). The finish on both of these bowls is incredible.
I have never used these bowls functionally (they have been display pieces in the cabinets of my kitchen) but, even so, the glaze is miraculously reflective for pieces as old as such. I have done my part in keeping these works of art safe, and in good health - however, I cannot take all the credit here. I encourage you to look her up when you have a moment to spare, as the work you see here (though some of her best) is just the tip of the iceberg. Sandy Kreyer clearly takes inspiration here from nature, and the wonderful and vast array of flowers out there in the world.
This is a difficult piece to describe in word alone, as there is SO much going on here, and the patterning within is incredibly intricate. I will do my best. The inside of the bowl features a deep washed yellow base. The hue is solid, depth of color very heavy.
This yellow forms a thick "ring" around the interior of the huge serving bowl, covering the interior sides. Sandy Kreyer is masterful at executing a "layered" color palette - you can see her talent doing exactly that executed throughout the interior. Note how the artist evenly spaces out the yellow interior "ring" by adding 4, pinkish red roses.. The juxtaposition of the red/pink and the solid yellow creates perfect contrast.
The 4 big roses (beautifully detailed in their clustered petal composition) are surrounding by sprawling, dark green leaves, tiny independent pink/red flower heads, and bluish grey black ferns. This is a woman, an artist, who understands color.Because she started with a yellow base (note how you can see this yellow base through some of the rose petals, she is not just painting over - but employing the background when she needs it) all of the subsequent colors absolutely pop. Just at the interior ring in the large serving bowl, you have the colors of yellow, red, pink, grey, bluegrey, black.. This is not something that can be thrown together in just a few minutes, this takes REAL time to execute, as well as plan out. Moving on to the centermost point of the bowl. Is arguably my favorite aspect of the piece. How would you describe all that is going on here? I truly do not know. I guess I would say that the center of the massive porcelain ceramic serving bowl looks much like what you would see when gazing through a kaleidoscope... The pattern of flowers is intricate, sharp, perfectly executed.. I honestly would not be able to so much as think up the pattern seen here in my head. How she manages (with a brush) to get the details down so fluidly, so smoothly, is beyond my comprehension.
My words (in this matter) are nothing but distractions, really. There is a nice, deep green ivy like border that runs the entirety of the center of the bowl, as well as another that runs across the brim. As for the outside of the huge serving bowl, well - again..
I believe it speaks for itself. Kreyer uses a deep, high vibrancy red paint as her base - on top of which are those tiny, intricate pink red orange green flowers seen at the bowls interior center.I took a close-up SPECIFICALLY because I knew that I would not have the words to summarize what I have been looking at daily for 30 years... THAT is how incredible this piece is. Though just a fraction in size of the large serving bowl, this beautiful little bowl holds its own, and is the PERFECT accessory to its much larger counterpart. This bowl features an almost buttery cream colored base. One of the reasons that I have always loved this little bowl, is it perfectly balances out the set. The colors used here are cooler, softer, quieter. The interior of the bowl is clad in 11 red/pink 4 petaled flowers, behind which are washed blue somewhat translucent leaves. Some of these leaves appear to almost "dissolve" at their points into the cream colored background. Sprawling from the floral designs, are dark green, sharply defined leaves attached to bold little stems. Just inside the brim, is a ring of smaller versions of these pink/red flowers - running the length of the inside brim. Moving on to perhaps my favorite touch on this little bowl.
On the top of the brim, perfectly and evenly spaced out, are STUNNING little light blue flowers! I love the change in color tone here... Such a unique addition to an already lovely piece. As for the smaller bowl's exterior, the flowers of the interior of the bowl are pictured again.
This time, however, wonderfully large! They blot the exterior of the bowl almost as if they have chosen their place - free of the "spacial" laws of art.
Behind these flowers is an almost "sky blue" background - with some white tones, and dark and light blue. Both of these bowls are beautiful even in their inscribed artist's signature! The signatures are deeply etched, and in a beautiful, fittingly cursive font.
It makes sense that a woman who can make something as beautiful as such, would have such a lovely, elegant signature as well. Dimensions: Large Serving Bowl: 14.25 Inches Across Top (Diameter). Small Serving Bowl: 5.25 Inches Across Top (Diameter). I will get back to you promptly.The item "Vintage 90's Sandy Kreyer HUGE Porcelain Ceramic Floral Painted Serving Bowl Set" is in sale since Saturday, July 18, 2020. This item is in the category "Antiques\Decorative Arts\Ceramics & Porcelain\Bowls". The seller is "nae_mud_1iupyzywe" and is located in Chagrin Falls, Ohio. This item can be shipped worldwide.