Here is another ceramic piece at the UIMA that I saw that I thought was incredibly interesting:
Turquoise Inlet by Wayne Higby, 1983.
It wasn't necessarily the shape of the pottery that intrigued me, but the glaze (painting?) style on the outside. It seems incredibly detailed. I would assume this style was planned as opposed to just randomly painting it with glaze. It kind of looks like desert mountains against a blue sky, doesn't it?