I am fascinated by the process of making things. I make bowls and hollow forms using a mixture of traditional and modern techniques. I use timbers sourced locally from sources with responsible attitudes towards management. My focus is on form and simplicity, using techniques to highlight and complement the natural features.
Judging will be by the following panel over the period 15 September to 1 October 2023
Since discovering a passion for wood, Sally has rapidly gained an international reputation with her lathe turned and exquisitely carved vessels. Using English native timber, her decorative vessels have wide tops and small bases with elegant curves, rich in texture.
Ruby Cler RPT
A professional turner living in Ontario. Although I do a lot of production and commissioned turnings, I also teach and demonstrate. In the 40+ years of my turnings I’ve learned from many great turners. I am always amazed by the variety of creations that can be produced from wood.
Michael is one of Canada’s most respected contemporary furniture masters, now acclaimed for his innovative designs for one-of-a-kind objects in wood, commissioned furnishings and items in limited editions. He is acknowledged for both his technical and design expertise, teaching, giving lectures and workshops around the World.
Working in Australian timbers to create decorative and sculptural works using wood turning as my primary technique. I also carve, cut, reform and use various surface treatments to embellish my woodturning. In each piece I make I aspire to enhance the natural beauty of wood using a sensitive and masterful approach.
A professional bowlmaker producing salad bowls burial urns, hollow forms, treenware, and more. A style of work that highlights the wood sourced from local tree yards creating unique objects from wood that could not have been purchased by a sawmill.
Now best known as a writer and teacher, for his books, videos, magazine articles, demonstrations, hands-on workshops, and his YouTube Channel. But in the mid-1980s he had an international reputation within the crafts movement as a turner of fine bowls, boxes, and scoops, well before woodturning became the popular hobby and aspiring art form it is today.
His work was components for reproduction period chairs and suites of furniture but now doing private commission work, restoration and working with the film and TV industry. He enjoys working with clients to create something that captures a special part of their lives.
Mike enjoys guiding emerging and established woodturners in exploring new ideas. He is proud to have represented New Zealand in international art symposia and his work is held in collections all over the world. His bold approach to turning allows him to find and release the potential in pieces. “If I can infect just one person with the joy and wonderment I experience as a turner then I have had a great day.”
A botanist by day and a part time woodturner in her spare time. Her work has focused on surface enhancements that use botanical motifs. A botanical print motif of flowering stages of a plant, or maple or oak leaves, or inspired from cellular structures of plants. Or carving botanical designs into turnings in 3D. A goal is that avessel becomes a three-dimensional canvas.