The surface of this piece is carved when the clay is still humid. That gives the design a deep mate design.
About the artist:
Now on his fifties Isrrael has been doing pottery all his life. Recently, his more dramatic pieces are done as follows: when the piece is still wet he pushes little holes on perfect parallel lines and then when the piece is dry he fires it on a tent of wood covered with a plant pot to get an oxigen reduction firing, the result is an striking matte black pot.