Would someone please explain this bowl to me?
Obviously it's quite lovely. Thrown nicely, the glazes work very well together. But here's what I don't get - why would someone want handles in the inside of their bowl? Doesn't that kind of defeat the purpose of a handle? It's $175 and it seems practically useless to me.
Is this some special bowl where handles designed in that fashion have some logistical purpose that I'm not aware of? I'm perfectly willing to accept my own ignorance if that's what this is. I had no idea why you might want holes on the side of the bowl just under the rim until I saw a bowl like that with chopsticks sitting in place. I'm hoping there's an answer similar to that one that I'm just currently unaware of.
And no, I don't go searching out quandaries like this. And I really hope the artist isn't insulted that I don't get it because I really do see that it's very well made. I just don't understand why it was made. I'm hoping to be enlightened here. I saw a link in my shop stats and my bowls just happened to be right next to this one on that collection page.
*UPDATE* The going theory in the Artfire forums is that you stick chopsticks upright in the holes to keep them from rolling away. I suppose that could be the purpose but the artist says nothing about holding utensils and calls them handles so I'm still a bit skeptical.