Macaws are a species of parrot, and are indeed among the most familiar types of parrot, known for their often brilliantly coloured plumage and of course for the ability of some species to mimic the human voice. It is the colouring of the two macaws on Bronte Porcelain’s bowl that catches the eye; they are a pair of great green macaws, native to South and Central America, depicted perching on a branch in a tropical rainforest which allows them to show off their beautiful hues of green, red and blue.
Capturing such vivid colours while ensuring that the image remains natural and true to life presents a real challenge to the ceramic artist. First, the prestigious Elmley Bowl is cast from fine bone china and covered with a crystal clear glaze. Then the artist begins work, building up the background detail, the branches, the beautiful tropical foliage and of course the two macaws themselves, using multiple applications of specialist ceramic pigments, after each of which the bowl has to be fired in the kiln to seal the paint into place. It takes special skill to be able to capture the finest detail of each feather as well as the full glory of the colours.
Finally, a band of 22 carat gold is applied to the rim and foot of the bowl, and it’s also possible to add a personal inscription by hand to the base of the piece if you so desire. The bowl is supplied in a hand-made silk-lined presentation box.
Bowl Height: 115mm
Bowl Diameter: 360mm
Painted by Tony Young