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Wasabi Bowls by ou8nrtist2 Wasabi Bowls by ou8nrtist2
Continuing with the theme of works designed with convex ellipses...Matching wasabi bowls.
Cold formed ,welded stainless steel.
Both the proportions (length x width) of the formed elliptical cup, and the flat rectangular base of these little wasabi dishes are in a Phi relationship (Golden Ratio).The cup is welded to the base.
I generally choose pleasing proportions for most of my work by instinct and intuition. After 30 years of shape research striving to make objects beautiful,I find more often than not,that my works exhibit Golden Ratio proportions and characteristics. I have a device I call Sacred Geometry Calipers which I use to check proportions AFTER the work is done. I feel very strongly that the artist must be the final arbiter of what proportions are "correct" to achieve beauty in any given piece. The calipers are merely one more way of checking the work, not defining it.
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LaPurr Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2009
I was wandering around and found a news article which featured these elegant little bowls. I keep staring at them, enjoying the gentle curves, the contrast of curved and angular shapes, the proportions and the way light plays on the finish. I find these quite satisfying visually and think that the feel of them, the smoothness, the weight, would feel equally satisfying in my hands. I'm not sure I could bring myself to actually use these bowls for their intended purpose.

A slightly larger size would work beautifully to hold the contents of one's pockets and an even larger size would look fabulous on a table, displaying a few choice objects. I can imagine an elongated version with objects lined up rather than mounded.

After reading the comments, I can see that I'm just one more person who will look but never own. Ah, well.
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2009  Professional
Not to torture you further but,
I do indeed have other pieces based on this shape.
And you're so right about it being tactile and strangely ergonomic.
It possesses Sacred Geometry proportions...much like a Golden rectangle as far as length and width ration goes.
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LaPurr Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2009
Torture is in the mind of the beholder...or something like that.

I'm acquainted with the Golden Mean/Rectangle/Ratio and the Fibonacci numbers spiral; I use the proportions occasionally when creating fractals.

The first link...that's very close to what I was thinking of as a larger size for a table. Thanks for the links. :)
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Stormphyre Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2009
So tiny! and shiny.
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2009  Professional
Just like jewelry.
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ErrantDreams Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2008  Professional Artisan Crafter
Hi! Just wanted to let you know that I included this in a little feature [link]. :sun:
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2008  Professional
Awesome
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nativeart Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2008  Professional General Artist
Beautiful. Love wasabi. So when you coming over with them for some sushi??
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2008  Professional
I'm going out tonight with a bunch of girls to try them out.

And hopefully at some point we'll get around to the bowls.

If they work OK I'll make an appointment...LOL
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nativeart Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2008  Professional General Artist
sounds good to me. Sam and I can do damage on sushi.
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2008  Professional
It's my fave.
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2008  Professional
They're not deep enough.
I tried them out but my normal amount of wasabi and soy sauce overflowed the edge.
They must be made with bigger ellipses so the bowl has more volume.I'll try to make them the exact same scale,just larger...
Testing any new piece is always part of the process,and kind of fun actually. They'll be fine in a slightly larger version...
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The-Tabla-Engine Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2008
Very nice!
I know of about 3000 yuppies here in chicago who would wait in line to have their own set of these. :)
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2008  Professional
Give em my contact info won't you Joe ?
My forged Chopsticks are $100 and I 'll throw in a wasabi bowl for no extra charge...
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The-Tabla-Engine Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2008
I'll need more than that. Like a poster or something to show the products. I COULD do that for you, unless you'd rather make your own.
I'm telling you, Sushi joints line nearly every street of Chicago, it's ridiculous.
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2008  Professional
Joe,
I took it to be a passing remark,but you are serious?
So, absolutely YES...How bout you take 10% of any sale ?
I have other ,perhaps better photos.
Can I send them and see what you could compose for a poster ?
PM me with a note and we can exchange emails.
Thank you !
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Djoseph Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2008  Hobbyist Writer
Neat set. :)
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2008  Professional
thank you Joseph.
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Djoseph Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2008  Hobbyist Writer
Keep it up. I wanna see misu bowls and everything. ;)
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2008  Professional
Jesus MISO Yes of course,
that's logical.
I feel a set being composed here.
I lived with a Japanese woman for 7 years (the love of my life) so have a great affinity for that design and culture.
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Djoseph Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2008  Hobbyist Writer
Good to hear that. :) Have had in mind visiting that country for a long time, and I guess it will be about as long before I'll be able to. =P
The set will be something to look forward to. :) And sorry for misspelling the soup. ;)
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2008  Professional
No problemo friend,
Good to meet you...
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Djoseph Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2008  Hobbyist Writer
Thanks. ;)
Who knows? We might. It's a small world.
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Line-of-Birds Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
:damn:
I hate it when I do that.
I commented on this here [link] but did it as a "reply" to ~ReleaseTheBears's comment... I feel silly now. - Again.
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2008  Professional
No problem friend,
I make errors like that all the time.
Fortunately the kids on here are quite tolerant of my various "eccentricities"
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Ignisburns Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2008
Amazing! :)
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2008  Professional
Thank you Tihana,
I just got a box of stainless steel ellipses, (laser cut scrap)and I'm finding it the coolest shape to play with. I'm forming them with dies on my 20 ton press to different convex radii ,then handling them quite allot to see what the shape wants to be made into...The exploration has me once again dreaming of a commission one day to manifest ALL the objects in a house that the hand comes in contact with. This would mean designing and fabricating Doorknobs,furniture,flatware,tableware,lighting switches etc.and keeping them all in an integrated design framework. Starting with a simple but versatile shape like the ellipse might make that challenge possible.
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Ignisburns Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2008
Thank you for this answer. :)
I can imagine it is nice and perhaps even fun to do this exploration.
I do wish your dream comes true. :) And it is possible. You make really wonderful items. I have not seen any of them I did not like! :)
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2008  Professional
Thank you again Tihana for your kindness.
Victor Horta is another of my Gods and his house in Paris is the perfect inspiration for my dream...
Incidentally I used the Wasabi bowls tonight at a sushi restaurant (even the Asian waitress was impressed with them),but I think they're just a little too small,so tomorrow I'll have to make another slightly larger pair.Part of the fun of this type of design exploration is the testing of the functionality. In this case I love the visual composition but it needs to be just a bit bigger to work perfectly.
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Ignisburns Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2008
Indeed his house looks amazing! :) Thank you for pointing it out to me. :) And you are very welcome! :) As always! :)
As for the bowl, I would love to go to a restaurant that has such dishes (plates, eating utensils etc.) It would be a very aesthetic experience. I can see it in my mind as we speak! :)
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2008  Professional
Partaking of a meal using such hand made and site specifically designed tableware is definitely an enhanced eating experience.Unfortunately the energy put into this kind of fabrication requires a larger price tag which excludes many people. This is one of the frustrations involved in trying to make a living on one-offs. My own friends cannot afford my work...
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Ignisburns Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2008
Of course that is a whole new earing experience. I am very sure of that.

But the thing with prices is pretty much the same when it comes to handmade items. Because if one respects his work he or she will have a price that corresponds to the time, money and energy spent in that certain piece. But unfortunately not many people respect that too (or at least in my country). Or there are people that do, but which do not have the money to afford such items. It is just the way it is. :/ I guess one has to pray that some rich folks come to see the work and decide to buy and recommend to their rich friends. ;) And once you get into those rich circle of people things start to get easier. But unfortunately that is a destiny of few.
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2008  Professional
True,
I'm in and out of that crowd ,
but that's as it was with my father as well so I'm fairly used to it.
As the economy flounders I find trades are more and more appealing...
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BrigetteMora Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2008  Student Filmographer
Beautiful, and they compliment the chopsticks.
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2008  Professional
Thank you Cori,
I can't wait to take them to my favorite little sushi bar and note their reaction...
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BrigetteMora Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2008  Student Filmographer
You're welcome, I imagine they'll be awed.
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ReleaseTheBears Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2008
those are amazing, I want a set!
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Line-of-Birds Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
Let me know when you set a price, these are exquisite!!!
I hope I can afford them. :fingerscrossed:
Did you make the chopsticks too?
I shall be daydreaming of them every time I have wasabi now...
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2008  Professional
I haven't set a price yet but I'm thinking of combining two in a purchase of 2 sets of my chopsticks. So this would be basically a sushi setting for two.. I sell my chopsticks for $100.oo so a setup for two would be $200.oo + tax and shipping.
You can see the several chopsticks designs if you look in my collection called "Tableware."
Thank you for your kind comments and interest in my work...
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Line-of-Birds Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
Keep me posted, I like the updated design too
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2008  Professional
I'm playing with designs for Miso soup bowls and sake cups next...
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2008  Professional
Everything I make is for sale Alec,
though I haven't set a price for these yet.
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ReleaseTheBears Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2008
That's lovely. If I wasn't incredibly financially inept I would be all over that item.
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2008  Professional
No problemo,
they're here when you hit the lotto...
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