It’s a small, crude bowl that appears to be a young child’s art project. Scratched into the bottom of the piece are the year 2016 and two initials.
I felt a bit sad that somebody abandoned the little green art project. The coil construction bears all the marks of something made by a grade schooler for her or his parent. Why had somebody donated it to the Goodwill Store so soon after it was made? Was the child unhappy with the piece? Was it something left behind at school? Worse, was the parent displeased with it?
The next day, I spotted the tiny pitcher. This was inscribed with 2012 and a different set of initials. Similar questions to those about the green bowl popped into my mind. In addition, I liked the piece. The child apparently understood more complex and utilitarian forms. I liked the glaze colors and detail work. I did not hesitate to pay the fifty-cents so it could be mine.
I foraged around my supply shelves to find one more item to fill out the theme, primitives, for today. The simple wood slat basket filled the bill. I used larger flowers and some cinnamon sticks to create a more complicated arrangement.