Is it utilitarian? Does it matter?
I suppose you could put fruit inside. Or pine cones. Or pot puree.
But why would you?
It's just nice the way it is.
So why do some artists feel they must justify what they make?
Big question. It comes up some times at shows. I must admit, I usually give the questioner a quizzical look because I just don't think that way. If something is nice, beautiful, pleasing, that's enough excuse to exist.
This large bowl is made of terra cotta. The gilding inside is fake gold. I did a workshop demonstrating the gilding technique and the bowl has been hanging around for several years. I'm giving it the time-test, I suppose. I thought it would fade with age and be a transient thing. It hasn't.
I never tire of looking at it; the contrast between the earthy, semi-rough exterior with the glory of the interior.
Think I can do another one. Now.