Towpath Pottery Obvara Medium Footed Bowl


We began Towpath Pottery in 2012, and immediately gravitated towards the Raku and Obvara pottery styles. We were struck by the uniqueness and the spirituality of the styles and have attempted to stay as true to the original art form as possible. Each piece is individually thrown on the wheel, and fired twice in a Raku kiln. The pots are truly unique and one of a kind. We hope that you find our work pleasing to the soul.

Sometimes referred to as "Baltic Raku," Obvara pottery is believed to have originated around the 12th century in Eastern Europe. Each piece is created on the pottery wheel and fired twice. During the second firing, the piece is removed from the kiln using stell tongs, and immediately plunged into the Obvara solution ( a fermented mixture of flour, yeast, sugar, and water) where it scalds to the surface of the pot. The pottery is then quickly submerged in a water bath to stop the process. The result is a beautiful pattefrn of swirls and "eyes" left on the surface of the pottery, making it less impervious to moisture. The "Eyes" of Obvara: In ancient times, Obvara pottery was aid to hold secrets of health and longevity. The pattern of "eyes" were believed to belong to good spirits that watched over and protected the food from spoilage caused by evil spirits. Although, at the time, the pieces were used for food consumption, they are not considered food safe by today's standards, and should be used only for decorative purposes. As potter, we have attempted to stay true to the ancient technique of Obvara, and sincerely hope that you find as much joy and satisfaction in owning these pieces as we have in creating them.

Tom and Linette

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