Essence Series #3 (2006)
Douglas Fir with colored rim, 4 ¼ in. height by 8 ¼ in.
width by 13 in. length
piece is from a recent series exploring both minimalism and utilization of
material. At what point, in terms of curve and length of sides relative to
overall length, does an object go from being merely a curved object in space to
one which suggests an inner volume? Thus a minimal container?
Almost immeasurable differences can make powerful
changes on the object's overall statement. For example, when I compare this
piece with another piece nearly identical but only a 1/4 inch longer, and thus a
shallower curve, side by side the latter says "curved object" whereas the above
piece has crossed the line over to "vessel" defining an inner volume. Exploring
that transformation point is for me the excitement of the series.
With most vessels the initial and perhaps most
import statement begins with the rim. For this piece an enhanced rim framing
the vessel strengthens the form. I eventually settled on a reddish lacquer
finish enhancing the edge without covering it up. This treatment is more
in harmony with the color of the wood unlike for example an opaque black which I
found very distracting to the eye. After a single viewing, most
people I've asked could not remember what color the rim was - which told me it
was successful rim treatment.
This vessel was turned with a natural edge adding
further challenges beyond just the difficulty of the material itself. The
overall proportion of the piece had to be decided prior to turning as the
"natural edge" is already formed by the tree and cannot be manipulated further. To
achieve an absolutely crisp edge the color treatment on the rim must be applied
prior to final shaping, thus any issues while forming the rim are magnified.
This piece is featured on the back cover of the current
(Winter 2006) which can be seen
All rights reserved ęBill Luce, 2006