The Splash Bowls series were inspired by the ocean tides. Movement is a central theme in my work and it prompted me to savor and share the calming captivating tease of seashore tides and their irregular peaked crests as they pushed over pebbled sand. With a minimal palette of black and white these delicate, three dimensional forms and their respective movement, are captured and abstracted, likened to photographic freeze-frame image. This series won the NICHE 2015 Award in sculpture.

The forms begin as thrown porcelain bowls in my home studio. I need to monitor their drying very carefully before I begin altering and shaping the delicate forms. The exterior surface is minimally embellished with slip trailing.

They are available as single bowls, or can be displayed as a set of 3, as seen in the image below. The small and medium bowls are also available on UGallery. 

- Eileen Braun

Splash Bowl: Large

Ceramic artwork

Signed on back

8" h x 10" w x 10" d
4 lbs. 6 oz.



Eileen Braun
Dunwoody, Georgia

Getting to Know Eileen

Eileen Braun’s ceramic work is heavily influenced by nature, in particular her love of the ocean and fascination with the mysteries that lie beneath it. The smooth organic shapes of her ceramics resemble oceanic creatures, such as sea urchins and blowfish, immediately striking and otherworldly. Eileen works with a medium that typically produces functional items, such as bowls, vases, and teapots. However, she takes the medium out of the realm of function and into the world of fine art. A piece may take the shape of a teapot but it has been transformed into a fish plugged with matches where the hot water would pour from, rendering it purely sculptural. This provides a sense of humor and surprise to the work. Eileen sketches many of the pieces before she sculpts them, and sees herself as an architect, building the foundation before she begins each piece. She has an enormous collection of tools, taken from her kitchen, trips to the hardware store, or objects found on walks. She particularly loves her collection of chopsticks, which she uses for delicate stippling on the surface of the clay. The careful detail and artistic craft of each piece is obvious, however, Eileen is able to make the work feel natural and infused with character. Her ability to balance perfection with imperfection is even more mystical than the sea creatures she interprets.