The exterior is carved as you can see in the thumbnail photos. Click on them to enlarge the pictures.
The cobalt blue is stunning over the white clay body of the bowl and shows through the glaze at the edges of the carving. The bottom is unglazed and impressed with my stamp.
Other pouring and prep bowls in my collection would make a good group for a wedding or housewarming gift. Of course, they are compatible with modern appliances.