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Art of the Day: Sunday February 22, 2009

Seascape Vessel

- by Deborah Sprague

This week's theme: Bowls

There are many definitions for the word bowl. It is a noun and a verb. This week's Art Of The Day purposes, we are going to present art that illustrates the two definitions most commonly listed first in many dictionaries. Though perhaps not always in a conventional way.


  • 1. a rather deep, round dish or basin, used chiefly for holding liquids, food, etc.
  • 2. the contents of a bowl: a bowl of tomato soup.

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Art: Seascape Vessel by Artist Deborah Sprague
This unique vessel is made using dune grass of which I boil and beat to a pulp to create the handmade paper. The grass is first gathered at the Oregon coast. I then take it back to to studio and boil it for several hours. It is then crushed and formed into a paper pulp. I use a bowl mold to press the pulp onto to form the vessel shape. Once it has dried over several days I coat it with acrylic medium making it extremely strong. I've then added recycled crushed glass mixed in resin to the outside. A unique fun piece! I love the Oregon coast and thought that some of my handmade papers from that location would make an interesting paper art piece!

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