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#1 posted 04-16-2018 07:50 PM

Good design is learned and recognizing good design is also learned. I’m no expert, not remotely, but I believe that using a specific guide or ratio is less important than being aware of what makes something look appealing and putting thought into your proportions. Whether it’s 1/3, 3/5, Golden Mean, 1/2, 1/1; they all have their place. Some years ago I made a bunch of small bowls to try different proportions and what I found was the ratio of base to diameter was most important (to me) and what you did in between made less difference. So a bowl with a base 1/3 or 1/4 the diameter looks pretty good whether the sides are straight, ogee, or a simple curve; whether the bowl is tall or short. A bowl with a base of 1/2 looks clunky. Once it got around 1/5 (base to height) it started looking more like a funnel.

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