Featured Piece - September 2007
Strata Series #3 (2007)
Douglas fir with sandblasted interior,
9 ¼ in. height x 11 ½ width x 11 ¾ length
This round bottomed vessel is a continuation of my Strata Series. The
title of the series refers to the inspiration from layers in nature, such as in
sedimentary rock. To my knowledge I am pioneering the use of Douglas fir
as a material for museum quality turnings. The material is so challenging
to work with that it has traditionally not be accepted as suitable for
woodturning, although that is changing slightly.
The rim of the bowl is formed by the outside of the tree surface just below the
bark. The outside of the bowl is polished while the inside has been
sandblasted to created a contrasting texture.
This piece is an example of my pushing limits both in the use of challenging
materials as well as in regard to form in general. As with the
previous featured piece, although it would have
been safer to create a vessel with a rounder, more closed profile, I have
deliberately chosen to create extra tension in the piece by pushing the
limits on how open (how wide at the rim relative to the waist) the piece is,
while still retaining the statement of bowl.
I relish that extra edginess, and the boldness such a statement makes as
compared to a more typical and conservative form. The proportions help
tell the story here, as the piece is over 9 inches tall while only 11 3/4 inches
in the longest direction. The result is a statement of power and
confidence by the vessel.
The piece is part of an
exhibition called "Far from the Tree" that will open in the
Messler Gallery September 14 - November 22, 2007. Here is an except
from the Messler Gallery website:
From the Tree presents a visual history of woodturning’s emergence as a
vibrant artistic form over the past sixty years." "At the center of the
exhibit are pioneering artists Bob Stocksdale, Rude Osolnik, Mel Lindquist,
James Prestini, and Ed Moulthrop who focused on the natural beauty of wood by
utilizing simple vessel forms, all of whom are now deceased. From that core
radiates the work of influential contemporary artists who have expanded the
language of the medium in new directions. The works on display feature a broad
range of sensibilities, yet are related through their use of wood, lathe and a
The price of this piece is $2650.
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