Saturday, February 18, 2012

New Craft

In order to get ready for the Baltimore American Craft Council show next week I've developed a new series of geometric tea candle holders and flower vases. For quite a while I've been thinking about how to make a series of inexpensive items I could sell along side my shellac work so that I can have a wider range of price points. Though I have no idea how popular they will be, the price point is certainly within reach of anyone who walks in the building.

Still, the most important thing is that I find the work sculpturally interesting enough to make because if I get bored making something, it just isn't going to get done. Thankfully, I feel that I have covered that issue as well. If I were an art critic, looking "objectively" at them, I think I'd say that the random angles add a level of surprise to the pieces and the minimalistic flat surfaces play well with the contrasting complexity of the natural wood grain.

Most interesting for me, however, is how I find them to be an inspiration for non-functional sculpture. I think it would be fun to make something that is conceptually similar without having to worry about functionality. I can see making a much bigger piece that would have real presence without being overbearing. Maybe I'll play around with some ideas when I get back from Baltimore.

The piece below was the first of the series. I was thrilled to find a use for a small chuck of scrap lumber that was very close to becoming someone else's fire wood.
curly birch tea candle holder
5" x 12" x 6"
This one was made with a scrap I had been carrying around since somewhere around 1999. I remember I used the lumber for a couple of nightstands that I'm still real proud of.
curly maple tea candle holder
5" x 22" x 6"
curly birch tea candle holder
5.5" x 17" x 6"
This one (below) is currently available at Artisans Hand Craft Gallery in Montpelier.
curly maple flower vase
5" x 24" x 3"

cherry flower vase
4.5" x 19.5" x 1.5"
These last too were going to be made with just two sections but they weren't stable enough so I added the third. Sculpturally, I think the third piece works well.
curly birch flower vase
5.5" x 24" x 2.5"

curly maple flower vase
6.5" x 27" x 3"


  1. Hello my friend. First of all thank you for your time and I am sorry if I am bothering you. I have seen in your drafts that you are using Curly Birch. I need to buy some of that wood, in order to reproduce a broken item, in the following dimensions: Minimum 360x55x55mm is it possible to find 5 or 6 for me or to tell me where to look for? I would appreciate your help in this matter as it seems to be hard to find it in Greece. Best regards Stratos

  2. PS my email is Thank you again Stratos