An article in Fine Woodworking was the first time I had ever heard about segmented wood turning. The authors described the techniques used to make the turned vessels pictured in the article. Over the years, the work and writings of several artists who have created a diverse range of beautiful vessels and sculptures further inspired me to want to create work that reflected my interests and beliefs. Because of my German-Scottish heritage I have always been captivated by Celtic art work. For me the "Book of Kells" and "The Lindesfarne Gospels" have supplied endless ideas.

PROCESS

The carpet page designs in my vessels are inspired from the carpet pages in the Illuminated Gospels. Detailed drawings of the carpet page and templates for the knot work and other Celtic designs require some imagination and a lot of reworking. Knot work is either carved or made from wood laminates that are cut and pieced together to form the knot. Laminates are also used to form the borders around the carved panels. Each of the designs requires different templates to achieve the effect I want. Below are some of the things I do to make the different designs.

SELECT EXHIBITIONS

  • 2014 Eureka!, Fuller Lodge Art Center, Los Alamos, NM.
  • 2014 It's Not Easy Being Green Exhibit, Fuller Lodge Art Center, Los Alamos, NM.
  • 2013 Stacking the Deck-An Exploration in Segmented Turning, del Mano–A Gallery of Fine Contemporary Craft, an “On Line” exhibition, www.delmano.com
  • 2012 - 13 Miniatures & More, Albuquerque Museum Foundation Invitational, Albuquerque Museum of Art, Albuquerque, NM
  • 2011 Back to the Basics , Fuller Lodge Art Center, Los Alamos, NM.
  • 2010 Ashes to Art, Funeria 5th International Biennial Exhibition Roots of Culture in Northern New Mexico, Fuller Art Lodge, Los Alamos, NM.
  • 2010 Folk Art Meets Fine Art, Fuller Lodge Art Center, Los Alamos, NM.
  • 2009 Spirit of the Southwest 23rd Annual AAW Symposium, Albuquerque, NM
  • 2008 Traditional Fine Arts and Crafts Exhibit, Fuller Art Lodge Los Alamos, NM. Ashes to Art Scattered, Funeria 4th International Juried Exhibition
  • 2007 24th Affordable Art Sale, Fuller Art Lodge Los Alamos, NM.
  • 2007 20th Winter Rio Grande Arts and Crafts Festival, Albuquerque, NM.
  • 2006 Summer Arts and Crafts Festival, Los Alamos, NM.
  • 2005 Autumn Arts and Crafts Festival, , Los Alamos, NM.