Six pieces again, make up the Artistic category. I shall start with one of my favourites from last month. Jack Kearney tells me the in-laws came to visit (of last months three witches). Grown to a coven of seven, I am still taken by how each of these seems to have a personality of their own. Maybe the witches put a spell on Mike Sims, as this month he has brought along their cat. Mike tells me that he saw Albert Harrison demonstrate this at the national seminar and that he turned this piece from plans that Albert handed out. The body of the cat is made from Sapele and the eyes and nose made from polymer clay. Colum Murphy has presented a fine Spalted Chestnut Burl Bowl. While the shape may work, the size is just to small to be fit too many ‘eye of newt and toe of frog, wool of bat and tongue of…….”Ok, enough of that, lets get back to turning. Just under a kilo in weight and just over 13 inches in diameter, the spalting and blemished wood could tell a story of what it has seen and endured (and Colum could let the rest of the family know where the kitchen scales have gone).
Continuing on a theme of spalting and perfect imperfections, Brendan Kelly has turned a 12’’ Sycamore platter. Brendan has opted for a very natural finish, which allows the gradual change in colour and texture, take centre stage. Cecil Barron has turned a set of five Measuring Cups on a platter. The story behind the cups is great (See Below) and shows how simple things can create powerful memories. I am drawn to the graduated sizing, the uniform shape, but very different and interesting wood choice. Variety makes a great team.
My Choice for first place in the artistic section has to be Brendan Phelan’s Pine bowl. This is a beautiful centerpiece, with great colour and grain. The piece appears to be turned from a branch split, giving it great shape and three natural toes.
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