Painting on a bowl or comport presents a different challenge to painting on a vase: a broader, more open canvas and a more restricted point of view when the piece is put on display. When painting a bird study, for example, the artist has more scope to open up the wings in flight, or in a wildlife study to create a panoramic landscape in the background. The Elmley Bowl, at 360mm in diameter, offers a truly broad canvas for Bronte’s artists to display their skills. See, for instance, the Owl,
Kingfisher and Osprey in flight, the mountainous terrain behind the Gyr Falcons and the heathered highland landscape of the Golden Eagle and Highland Cattle. In contrast, the delicate study of the Dragonfly and Waterlily captures an ephemeral moment in time, the dragonflies’ gossamer wings set against the paleness of the lily. Or consider the vivid greens and reds of the colourful Macaws and the orange flash of the Kingfishers.