Ornamental dishes are typically best appreciated when empty, but these Bernardaud Breakfast Bowls display unexpected images when full. While the vivid glaze choices do bring life into each piece of the collection, it's in the sculpting that this crockery is given its power to transform.
The abstract and twisting inner skin of the ceramic vessels is quite beautiful on its own, but if you pour an opaque liquid within you'll begin to see new shapes emerging. One might first become aware of the magnificent textures framed beneath the bowl's rim, yet the magic is in the startling silhouette that a bit of milk or soup instills. Artist Geraldine De Beco makes molds from which to cast each piece, producing endearing images of cats, birds, rabbits and more that disappear as their contents are consumed.