The piece was commissioned to celebrate a couples tenth anniversary. The
two trees symbolize each person in the union, and the bowl supported
by the ten branches represents their marriage. They both are strong
and able to stand alone, but both work together to support the marriage. There
are two places where the branches overlap, which represent their two
children. I suggested they add each child's birthstone where the branches overlap when they celebrated the child's birthday.
This is a top view and a side view of a bowl I made as a wedding present for two very different people. One person is very linear, focused, results oriented. The other is more circular, abstract, lives in a spiritual reality more than a physical reality. The bowl was made from a flat board that consisted of repeating circles and squares, as shown in the top view. Tapered rings were cut from this board and stacked to make a 3 dimensional bowl. Now when the bowl is viewed from the side as shown in the bottom figure, the circles have become straight lines, and the straight lines of the squares have become graceful arcs! I told them that marriage is like making the bowl from a board in that it moves you into a new dimension where you are able to acquire some of your mates characteristics, but without loosing any of your own.