I will continue describing the path to Turning Around America. I will show some images in the order they were done so you can see the progression of my work. The first bowl form below came about from my furniture making. It never occurred to me at the time to make just a bowl when I started, I made a mock up of a table.
As I became comfortable with the bowl I went immediately to segmented forms. I was self taught as there were not a lot of people to learn from at the time. I had an unending amount of scrap wood from my furniture making so I could practice without having to buy stock.
This piece is from my first segmented series. I would turn bowls from dried logs and build a contrasting segment on top.
This grouping of more complex segmented pieces are all done from natural woods, mixed with dyed veneers. I have always loved color and contrast, and explored it in this series. I did about 30 pieces. I am an inquisitive person , each exploration led me to at least three other possibilities which led to more possibilities. I would pursue all that I could. Having always been drawn to traditional archeological forms it was natural to play with those shapes when I started turning bowls.
I was working on this series when I lit upon the idea of casting epoxy onto the rim of bowls. The forms stayed the same as I experimented with the casting and turning process.
This Bowl was in Design Book 7 by Taunton Press. The use of epoxy turned me into a mad scientist. I would try casting everything I could get my hands on. I tried many different tool grinds before I hit the perfect one for this material. I kept note books on humidity and temperature to figure out how to get the best results.