This one is simple, and goes along with the last prize. This is a first-firing Hadrian, and it shows some 'swirl'. When I poured the tinted slip, it had a tendency to seperate during pouring, which caused the swirls. You couldn't seem them until after the piece was glazed... of course. Anyway, the biggest problem was that the heavily tinted slip didn't pour well. It took months, and consultations with experts, to figure out why and correct the problem. Oh, yes, those early Hadrians were a struggle. BTW, first firing pieces were marked with a star, so the whole first kilnload had stars on their bellies.
The winner today? Drumroll...... Jeanene Bernardin! Congrats!