copper, liver of sulfur patina 6 x 9 x 9 cm 2018

This vessel was my first attempt at angle raising. I fell in love with the intense hammering and movement of the technique. The heavy blows and delicate planishing can create such elegant forms. The transformation from a flat disk to a volumetric bowl is mesmerizing to me.

The piece started as a six inch, 18 gauge copper disk. The bowl slowly formed over many rounds of angle raising and planishing. I then submerged the vessel in a liver of sulfur patina. I went back over the outside surface with steel wool and a brass brush to highlight the ripples of the bowl, but left the inside untouched. I further polished the rim of the vessel to contrast the matte finish of the piece.