I had just built and fired my very own little wood-kiln when I had the idea to recreate a particular project I had developed while I was in college. I was going to construct my second octopus punchbowl. And instead of a salt/gas firing, it would be finished in the Adobe Moby, the little whale-shaped wood-kiln we built from adobe style bricks replacing the earth part of the recipe with fire clay to survive the 2000 degree temperatures.
Attracted to the unique characteristics of cephalopods I had once designed a fairly functioning punchbowl after a cuttle fish. The physics and visual appeal were so engaging that I had continued to build forms modeled after the liquid forms of various sea creatures. Years after that first punchbowl, I decided to have another go at the form and function with some alterations. I typically think through the physics and logistics of a sculpture before diving in with music or a book on tape. This particular sculpture took shape to the tune of Tom Robbins’ Even Cowgirls Get The Blues. And when the body of the octopus was finished, complete with punchbowl, removable lid that flipped into a chip and dip, and its eight cups, I wasn’t quite finished. With no serving function, I sculpted a rider for my party bowl monster.