Completed: September 30, 2010
Create a turned object and decorate
it with pyrography (woodburning).
There is no specific requirement for the form itself -- it may be a hollow vessel, bowl, spindle or sculptural object -- but it must have been turned on a lathe at some point in the process, and evidence of turning must be obvious. The pyrography may be accomplished with pyrography pens, brands, and/or other burning instruments. It may be combined with other decorative techniques,e.g., use of color, carving and/or other surface treatments, but it must be a primary decorative element in the design.
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 on the basis of design and craftsmanship. The pyrography should create a textural and graphic effect that works in sympathy with the overall design of the piece. Additional weight will be given to originality, artistic merit, technical difficulty and proficiency, and the quality and appropriateness of the finish used.
The following prizes, provided by Packard Woodworks, Inc., will be awarded at the judges' discretion:
(Click a judge's name to visit their website.)
Molly has been turning wood since 1998 and delving into various surface enhancement techniques (primarily pyrography and branding) since 2003. She has a strong commitment to form, and believes this is essential above all else. Teaching and sharing turning and enhancement techniques is also a passion, and when her busy family life allows, she travels to woodturning clubs and symposiums to share her work. Inspirations for enhancements have been derived from an interest in Native American art, as well as primitive, prehistoric cave art. Her work has been exhibited widely, and is available through various galleries.
Graeme is an internationally recognized woodturner, sculptor, demonstrator and workshop facilitator whose work is found in many public and private collections around the world. He is best known for narrative sculptural turnings that reflect the environments and passions in his life in New Zealand. Over the past 10 years, Graeme has been incorporating branded patterns in his work and uses a woodburner extensively for detail carving and texturing. He feels that works with applied carvings, patterns or textures that have some relevance to the design or "story" of a piece can be lifted above pieces that just have decoration for the sake of decoration.
Andi Wolfe derives her inspiration from the natural world that she knows so well as a botanist and professor of biology, focusing on the use of surface enhancements that employ botanical motifs, especially maple and oak leaf designs, which she carves into many of her vessels in the spirit of Grinling Gibbons, the master carver from the 17th and 18th centuries. Andi views wood as a medium for exploration, preferring woods that are fine grained with subtle figuring to help her botanical designs become part of the whole vessel, complementary to the wood as opposed to a distraction to the eye. She uses carving and pyrographic tools and techniques extensively, to enhance the surface so that the vessel becomes a three dimensional canvas that entices the viewer to explore all aspects of the piece.