The American Association of Woodturners’ annual wood art auctions feature original works by talented studio woodturners and artists. Proceeds from the auctions benefit the association’s educational grant program and professional outreach initiatives. This great event runs over two days on Friday June 15th and Saturday June 16th with a chance to buy that beautiful bowl, platter, or sculpture from the comfort of a desktop, laptop, tablet, or mobile phone. Each piece is stunning in visual, and beautiful in it’s preparation. This is an auction not to be missed by anyone interested in wood art and woodturning. Registrations are available every day online right up until auction day.
Highlighted on Friday night is a piece from the Corvus Nero Collection entitled Irish Dawn, 2018 by Sally Burnett from the United Kingdom. This stunning creation is explains as follows in the online catalog:
English sycamore, acrylic, copper-dyed silver leaf | 5 x 5 x 5 in/12.7 x 12.7 x 12.7 cm
This piece was turned during a trip to Northern Ireland. Although in my characteristic style, it is much smaller and more finely detailed than any other piece in this Collection and the wispy edges of the design became a feature after witnessing a misty morning sunrise from the seashore in Larne.
About the Artist:
“The thrill and sometimes frustration of working with a living material that moves and twists as I work cannot easily be conveyed in words but the shapes and textures that can be created are endless and the drive to be unique and push boundaries is exciting. These inherent challenges keep me moving forward to see how far I can develop the medium and what visual impact I can produce in each piece, whilst being sympathetic to the material itself.
As an emerging designer/maker in wood, I work with ethically sourced native English timbers, creating decorative vessels and sculptural forms with distinctive textures, pyrography and carving. I create movement across the surface with multiple layers of fine texture. Simple marks blended to form complex surfaces. Humans are naturally curious, the need to turn the piece, follow the curves, explore the tactile surface, question the nature of the material, engage the audience.”
Images by Simon Bruntnell.
Saturday has a strong showing of pieces including work from Hans Weisflog from Germany. Entitled “Triangle Rocking Bowl 2018” this is a stunning offering. Information from the online catalog:
“African blackwood, boxwood | 3.75 x 4 x 5.5 in/10 x 10 x 14 cm
“I work as a full time woodturner and designer. I want to show that it is possible to do good work by hand. Time is important, good design also. My aim is to give a new life to a dead piece of wood and make something nice out of it.” – Hans Weissflog
Learn More: https://kirstenmuensterprojects.com/pages/hans-weissflog’
There are over eighty beautiful works up for sale in this auction, providing numerous opportunities to support artists and enjoy beautiful treasures. The American Association of Woodturners are celebrating with their symposium Portland, Oregon, at the following location:
Portland Ballroom, Oregon Convention Center, 777 NE Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd, Portland, OR 97232
Registrations are open right up until the auctioneer readies the hammer, and bids can be left online before the auction. Auctioneering begins Friday night at 5:30 PM Pacific Time, and Saturday afternoon at 3:30PM Pacificl Time. Learn more about the AAW at www.woodturner.org