So, in May this year I took my wife to Amsterdam for a week for a wedding anniversary trip. Now, what's that got to do with the origins of Swirls I hear you shout?
Well, read on - I just needed to establish my credentials as a sensitive new age guy!
Ever willing to absorb some of the culture in the places we visit we spent a day at the excellent Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam.
So, amongst the breathtaking dutch masters, an awesome asiatic art collection and just under one million other pieces in their excellent collections I came across these...
Swirl owners will be interested to note that the accompanying tag reads...
"Earthenware decorated with layers of coloured slip under a transparent lead glaze. North Italy, c. 1575-1625"
* * * * * * * **- Wow -
Now, the patternation, motion, colour mix, fluidity and depth of colours was scarily similar to my PMC.
I had a little bit of a goosebump moment knowing that I'm holding the antique of the future and that some point 400 years from now some other geek will be looking at my guitar, equally gaping in awe at it's sublime finish.
The small plate and jug really stood out and the colours were actually much better than you see in these shots (difficult to take a photo, through glass and without flash whilst lit by flourescent lights!).
I thought at the time I'll put a post on Jemsite about that and have only just got a-round-tu-it.
So comments please - any other Swirlesque history that you know about, please let me know.
(Edited by adrianfoden at 9:27 pm on Nov. 21, 2001)