“American Holloware, Changing Criteria,” by Jamie Bennett

Leafed flat top

“Other artists have taken vessel making out of the strict context of utility to make us more sensitive to the psychological and ceremonial implication of the object. Christopher Ellison(‘s) … vessels make use of “appropriate” technique to best exemplify their intent. (His) pieces are rich not because the surface is polished, chased or patinated, nor because the form is properly raised or the solder seams invisible. The work has strength because the surfaces are finished with sensitivity to the concept.”

by Jamie Bennett,“American Holloware, Changing Criteria,”

Metalsmith, Summer 1984, page 12 – 13.