|This first section is some examples of bowls with no coloring or
texturing other than simple grooves or a colored rim. In
many ways this "classic" style of bowl is my favorite as it such an
honest and unforgiving style. Since the bowl has no additional
distracting elements other than the wood itself, there is nothing to
hide behind in the way of any weakness in design or execution.
A simple statement in Madrone. This bowl exemplifies my test of
a good bowl - fellow woodturner and good friend Bonnie Klein one day saw
this bowl in my studio among many other bowls, and at once
proclaimed "this one's mine." She picked it up and simply would
not put it down. This explains the title and also the collection where
it resides. If I had to choose a single bowl to speak for me
when I've gone, this might be that bowl.
This Madrone bowl incorporates the same basic
features as the above bowl without the distraction of the burl wood.
An early example of using the orientation of the bowl in the tree to place the light
colored sapwood at the rim and have growth lines that emphasize the waist of the
bowl to strengthen the overall statement.
The following bowls are part of an ongoing
exploration of the relationship between visible wood grain and the
overall impact of certain forms utilizing solid color to emphasize
texture. My primary focus is this exploration of
form; the surface manipulations are merely vehicles to further study
variations in these forms.
Naked. The title refers to the way in which
this piece suggests to me the human vulnerability that
goes along with exposing our soul bare with no pretense
or self protecting defenses. Part of the power of this piece is
the subtle variations in the color of the wood, along with the white wavy grain
lines. Glassbeaded and bleached ash.
bowl with slightly roughened grain lines by sandblasting, then dyed a matte
black to accentuate those lines. The orientation of the bowl in the tree
and thus the orientation and spacing of the grain lines in the bowl is critical
to the power of the piece.
This curly Big Leaf Maple piece has
been highly bleached. Notice the textured rim due to the
rippled surface of the tree. This surface is the outside edge of
the tree immediately under the bark.
The grain in this elm piece has been
lightly burned with a micro-torch to only slightly
enhance the pattern of the grain, and the bowl was then
dyed. Due to the relatively subtle grain , the wide
growth ring spacing, and the delicate nature of the bowl
itself, the overall effect is of quiet elegance. The
groove near the rim works on this piece because of this
subtle grain. The full and rounded lower curve here along
with the straightening sides (and the subsequent openness
of the form) complete the statement.
This bowl has been sandblasted and then dyed, natural edge and all.