With its distinctive heart-shaped face, the Barn Owl (Tyto alba) is one of the most familiar of our countryside birds. Its silent flight and the whiteness of its underparts give it an almost ghostly appearance as it emerges at dusk to hunt its prey. Owls have long been symbols of mystery and wisdom, while the shrill, piercing cry of the Barn Owl is a common sound in rural locations. But it is its beauty that makes it the best-loved species of owl.
The Elmley Bowl, with its 360mm (14-inch) diameter, offers Bronte Porcelain’s talented artists a wonderful, broad canvas on which to capture the very essence of this beautiful bird. Cast in fine bone china, the bowl is carefully glazed and fired in the kiln before the artist begins work. On the left, a barn owl perches on a branch, displaying the beauty of its upper plumage, while on the right a bird is shown in flight, its wings open to reveal that snowy white underside. Every detail of the owl, from the texture of its feathers to the sharpness of its talons is captured to perfection by the artist’s brush.
It takes several applications of colour and several firings to complete the painting, after which bands of 22 carat gold are applied to the rim and foot, and the bowl returns to the kiln one final time. It is also possible to add a personal inscription of your choice by hand to the base. The bowl is supplied in a hand-made, silk-lined presentation box.
Bowl Height: 115mm
Bowl Diameter: 360mm
Painted by Tony Young