Completed: September 15, 2009
Create an elegant turning.
"Elegance" is a term of great impact and one that is equally broad in interpretation. For the purposes of this contest, it could mean a turning that relates to function or is strictly decorative -- as simple as a child's toy, as useful as a lace bobbin, or as powerful as a sculpture. Contestants are urged to define elegance for themselves, and then to incorporate their vision in their entry. As you conceive of ideas, place in the back of your mind the word "waltz" rather than "jitterbug."
Remember, this is a turning competition. Entries must have been turned on a lathe at some point in the process and evidence of turning must be obvious in the finished creation.
Only amateur woodworkers are eligible to enter this contest. An amateur, for contest purposes, is someone who makes less than 25% of his or her income from the sale of their work, and from teaching and/or demonstrating woodturning.
Entries will be judged solely on the sense of elegance that the piece creates in the opinion of our judging panel. The judges decisions will be final.
The following prizes, provided by the contest sponsors, will be awarded at the judges' discretion:
The judges: (Click a judge's name to view their work.)
Over the past thirty years, David Ellsworth has become known as one of the premier designers of turned wooden vessel forms. His work is included in the permanent collections of thirty-one museums and numerous private collections. He is a Fellow and past Trustee of the American Craft Council and has received fellowship awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Pennsylvania Council for the Arts, the PEW Fellowship for the Arts, and was elected the “Master of the Medium” award for 2009 by the James A. Renwick Alliance in Washington, D.C. He is the recipient of Lifetime Achievement Awards from the American Association of Woodturners and the Collectors of Wood Art, and he runs his own private school of woodturning at his home and studio in Bucks County, Pennsylvaina.
Cindy Drozda is a full-time woodturning artist whose elegant lidded vessels and boxes with delicate finials bring a contemporary flair to classic forms. Cindy shares her woodturning knowledge and passion as an international demonstrator, teacher, writer, and producer of instructional DVDs.
Trent Bosch is a woodturning sculptor and teacher whose award-winning work is represented in museums and collections around the country. His philosophy is to work in harmony with the environment, using only recycled and easily sustainable woods.