For 39 Bowls, Bruce M. Sherman focused on the traditional stemmed or standing bowl form, reminiscent of the altar bowls used during the Ming dynasty (ca. 14-17th century China) for ceremonial or ritualistic purposes. Each of the thirty-nine hand thrown and glazed bowls—unique in size and design—emblematizes the artist’s glazing techniques and incised decorations. Sherman’s vibrant colors and playful motifs (eyes, trees, symbols, and anthropomorphized animals) tell open-ended stories on the interior surfaces of each bowl.
Preceding the bowls are Sherman's hand painted ceramic pictures in ceramic frames.