Ceramic Singing Bowls >> Singing Bowl Gallery

large black ceramic singing bowl

The voice of clay

These ceramic singing bowls are entirely hand thrown and finished by ceramic artist Laurent Merchant. The sound produced by the bowls is the result of many different elements, among them is the particular combination of clay and glaze selected. The black glaze being of singular importance. The shape is what forms the voice of the bowl, the dimensions, depth, diameter but also thickness are what will determine the pitch or frequency. The actual note is only revealed once the bowl is fired. At that point nothing more can be altered.

Singing Bowl Gallery

Ceramic artist Laurent Merchant

two hands throwing a bowl

Laurent Merchant was born in 1958 near Bordeaux. He started his apprenticeship in the craft at an early age, the first years in France then later in the United States. He worked in many different studios and workshops over several years and discovered very divers techniques before opening his first studio in Sonoma, California in 1980.

Ceramic singing bowls

two hands playing the singing bowls

The making of the singing bowls is very precise and demands a great attention to details. The dimensions of the bowl determine it's frequency of vibration, the shape determines the tonality, the color of that vibration.