This relatively simple form shows off the mustard-yellow glaze, made brilliant by uranium (a radioactive element no longer used in ceramics). Laura Andreson boldly experimented with glaze formulas in the 1930s, when there was scant documentation on the chemistry. She founded the ceramics department at the University of California, Los Angeles, in 1933 and taught thousands of students until her retirement in 1970. The surface of this bowl suggests the crackled texture of the California desert.
This Present Moment: Crafting a Better World, 2022