This is an awesome sea-green ceramic sculpture made by ceramicist Martin Bleyer circa 1998. Martin teaches pottery on Madison campus of the University of Wisconsin and his work is mostly one-of-a-kind and even though he may have created several in a particular form, each was designed and glazed differently, so each piece is quite unique. This particular piece is one of maybe four in this form which was constructed from five pieces of earthenware clay. There are two wheel thrown bowls (the outer part and a small bowl in the top), a slab that was textured which comprises the top where the small bowl is inset, a slab that was differently textured and rolled into a rope-like form that comprises the base, and finally a differently textured piece which is the snail or crustacean – like decorative element attached to the top’s edge. The glazes are all Martin’s own formulations with none being commercially produced. The small bowl was intended to allow the art lover to display something of interest if they chose to do so. When Martin exhibited the sculptures he often put some water and a flower or beautiful stones in it as accent and examples. This is one of the most interesting organic shaped and beautiful pieces of ceramic work I believe I’ve seen. It should be yours.