From the time I was a child I have been making some sort of craft project or artwork. As an adult I attended Philadelphia College of Art in the evening to study drawing and painting. In 1976 I began working in stained glass. I exhibited at Head House Square in Philadelphia for about 3 years. In 1999 I rediscovered the joy of woodturning and have been fervently turning wood art since that time. In 2003 I was awarded the “Richard Tuttle Memorial Scholarship” to study with David Ellsworth. After 32 years as a Cabinetmaking Teacher in the Pennsylvania Vocational Technical School System I retired. In 2005 I began Roundwood Studio to pursue woodturning full time. In 2006 my work was selected for the Inaugural PA Craft Exhibition at the State Gallery in Harrisburg. In December of 2008 I moved Roundwood Studio to a new building on Dogwood Lane in Doylestown where I turn, finish and photograph my works. In 2010 I completed my book, “Turning Natural Edge Bowls”, which was published by Schiffer Publishing.
Philosophy and Inspiration
I turn every object with a desire to find a form that will reveal the natural beauty hidden within the wood. The wood brings inspiration with it. I use the different colors of the wood as a painter uses a pallet. I combine the natural colors of the wood to create a work of art that catches the eye and appeals to the soul. I find my greatest joy when creating artistic hollow forms and thin walled vessels. The shapes of these turnings are revealed to me as I turn the wood. If I find the shapes provocative, I believe others will as well. After the shape is complete I study the surfaces inside and out to see where else they want to go. I try to take each piece to a unique place with carving, piercing or other surface embellishments. I will sometimes enhance the color with airbrushing techniques. When I create a functional bowl, the bowl asks to be held, and used. It is friendly to the hand and lovely to look at. The shape is pleasing to the eye and compliments the wood of the bowl.
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