Multilayered miniature bowls & vessels
These are smaller versions of a body of work I made from 1994 through 2006. I intended to develop them two or three years from now; Covid 19 provided that window of time much sooner.
Unlike the reductive process of turning I use several different laminating techniques to build up a patterned slab from 5-10mm thick from hardwood and veneer. The layout can be ordered or random patterns ranging from a few accent lines to some featuring over 1,000 individual color facets per square inch. From this beginning slab I make a series of band saw cuts creating angled rings; when glued together they form the basic shape of a bowl, chalice or vase. Often the entire bowl emerges from the one slab. Most of the shaping is done freehand with drum and disc sanders ending on the lathe for further refining and applying a French polish finish giving them a high lustre. All pieces are signed and dated.
My thanks to collegues and mentors , , Jim and Pat McPhail for their combined generosity with advice and friendly support along the way.
These vessels are all unique, made one at a time. Occasionally I'll make from two to four from a larger lamination that might vary somewhat in size and shape but all will have the same colors and pattern. Though they're one of a kind I can usually come close to producing most of them again (within reason) so if you see a piece that's sold and would like one similar I'll be happy to work with you. Some have stories attached to them, some just are what they are. More designs on the way, keep checking back!
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