The Artisans Studio Tour on November 12-13 was a great success and the vast majority of my pieces sold.  I haven’t been able to keep up with demand since then, so I fear I have little to offer until early spring.

Turning bowls straight from the log is my craft and my art. Working with green wood allows much spontaneity, as shavings flying from the sharp edge of the gouge reveal each new bowl. The inherent beauty is featured by simple shapes. These thin arcs from the log, sanded, polished, and oiled, capture the character and history of each tree, its soul.

Maple, cherry, walnut, oak, ash, apple, peach, poplar … there is so much variety growing in our area. Peculiar details such as grain, color, texture, knots, burls, ant holes, or spalting often determine the final shape. Those traits are my palette and my glazes.  Many pieces are meant to serve as functional salad bowls, while others are created simply for their artistic presence.

This is an apple grown by a friend up on Afton Mountain, from a grafted seedling he got from his father-in-law Nick Miller from Ohio. A Johnny Appleseed tree? The block weighed 224# , finished piece still a bit heavy at 7#. Four butterflies hold it together due to the crack running all the way across the bottom. At Gay Street Gallery
The Artisans Studio Tour
A Virtual Tour of my studio.

Here is an interview with Terri Allard covering my entire process.