The WIT (Women in Turning) organised ‘Turnabout – Women at the Lathe’ exhibition is now about to open at Arrowmont School of the Arts and Crafts in Gatlinburg, Tennessee, USA on August the 10th 2018. It will run until October 10th giving people another chance to see this diverse selection of work.
The image above is from this months American Woodturner Aug 2018 vol 33, no 4.
This is my latest salt and pepper mill design – a set inspired by the wonderful hand tinted botanical lithographs of the nineteenth century. They also pay homage to the exotic and extravagant interior of Brighton Pavillion, the seaside residence of King George IV.
I was making a piece for the upcoming all-woman show ‘Turnabout: Women at the Lathe’ organised by the WIT (Women In Turning) branch of the American Woodturners Association. I have made of lot of salt and pepper mills over the years, but never exhibited them in any exhibitions in the USA so I thought it was time that I made a special set for this interesting exhibition.
I was really pleased with how they came out, with the pyrographed artichoke leaves and new purple texture on the tops to represent the flowers, and so I went on to also use the inspiration to make a new coleopteran pendant too!
The show will travel to three venues:
Appalachian Center for Craft (ACC), Smithville, TN, January 15- March 12, 2018
AAW Gallery of Wood Art, St. Paul, MN, June 3-July 29, 2018
Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, Gatlinburg, TN, August 10-October 10, 2018 (exact dates to be finalized.)
Its now only a few days before I start my journey to China to take part in the next international collaborative project, that began with the Improvisations on the Theme of an Irish Wall. Terry Martin, with his great connections has managed to instigate another project, this time based in China – ‘Carving the Way to Harmony: International Wood Carvers Create a Collaborative Masterpiece’, with ten international woodworkers and ten Chinese carvers (we think!). Of our original group in Ireland, Jacques Versery, Cillian O’Suilleabhain and I will be going. I will be in China from the 5th – 29th March,
So far we have discovered that we probably won’t know exactly what’s going to happen and who’s taking part until we get there. Below are a couple of images of the venue we think we will be working at. But I’m sure it will be an amazing experience to have a chance to participate in!