The bowl is an evolved version of my huge flat rays which are made by slumping clay over a hump. I have thrown this one on the wheel and turned its bottom to make it curved. Then I carved away the rim to begin the look of a tail and a nose. Afterwards I covered the bowl in jet black slip, applying several layers, and then I did the same with the white slip. When they have dried so that I can touch without spoiling I carve the pattern through the white to reveal the black. Two firings will complete the bowl.