This dramatic sculpture began with throwing a vase on the potters wheel from white stoneware clay. When the clay was leather hard the vase was trimmed and a textured slab was attached to the base as a pedestal. The vase was then cut out to open up the body. Textured coils are then sculpted into the tree form and attached to the body of the vase. Once dry the piece is bisque fired then painted and airbrushed with underglazes for the glaze firing. When completed an acrylic gold is applied to the interor. When the sculpture is placed below a spotlight the upper opening creates a moon like shadow behind the cypress tree.