Posted for Heather Lineberry
It’s fascinating to see the way that a residency—new materials, place, experiences, and time—can change an artist’s work and thinking. Particularly a group residency. I just returned to Phoenix from my one-week scholar’s residency with the ITE and I am thankful to have had this access to the artists’ research and creative processes. As I went in and out of the studio, watching their work and asking questions, handling their materials and works, they revealed their strategies and their experimentation enabled by the two-month residency. Continue reading
2013 ITE Day 47, Friday July 19. We get up early for the 4-hour drive to New Haven as guests of the Collectors of Wood Art, to join their summer event. We assemble for lunch at the Yale University Art Gallery, and later we will tour its gorgeous installation of Conversations with Wood: Selections from the Waterbury Collection, guided by the collectors themselves. But first, we get another treat: curator-guided tours of the university’s famous furniture study collection and of the newly renovated and expanded art museum itself. Curators Pat Kane and John Stuart Gordon were excellent guides, generously sharing their time and expertise as well as their enthusiasm.
My camera got stuck on the turned elements of colonial and Federal American furniture, as you’ll see in a moment. Continue reading
Last evening Albert and Tina came over to talk about the exhibit at the end of the residency. So it seemed like quite a good time to take stock of what we have done. Also, to show some of the pieces more-or-less finished that have hitherto only been glimpsed being worked on. We have found so many new ways of working, and new ways of working together. Continue reading
ITE Day 42, Sunday July 14 2013. Still high from Open Studio yesterday, we pile into the van for the hour-long drive to the Winterthur museum and gardens in Delaware, formerly the DuPont family mansion. We’re met by Charles Hummel, retired curator and long-time friend of the Center for Art in Wood, who leads us to the shrine of the Dominy workshops. Continue reading
Saturday July 13 2013. About 50 people show up for our Open Studio day, we get to show what we’ve been up to these recent weeks, and it’s great to get interested and positive feedback. Everyone is energized by the event. I have to confess, I got caught up in it myself and didn’t shoot as many photos as usual. Here’s what I did shoot: Continue reading
ITE Day 40, Friday July 12 2013. Open Studio day is tomorrow. We’re cleaning up to get ready for you. Up to now we’ve had all attention on the workpiece, now we’re looking at the chips. There’s a lot. So here is a quiz for you: can you tell which process, and which artist, made each kind of debris? Continue reading
Jul;y 10, 2013, ITE day 38. No woodworker could visit the Wharton Esherick house without becoming awestruck, it is a marvelous and unique example of a craft artist’s lair tailored precisely to that artist’s needs and sensibilities. We were agog. Continue reading
Since starting the ITE I have experienced some wonderful moments, however to visit two of the most influential wood worker/ furniture makers places of work was a very sobering experience. They in themselves were very different, but had the common thread, their places of work were very personalised, each to his own. I’m not qualified to extol the virtues of either maker but these are my thoughts. Continue reading
ITE day 36, July 7, 2013. Heather Lineberry, the ITE visiting scholar from Arizona State University, arrived over the weekend and spends the day on the studio meeting everyone and learning about their work. The group gets back to work after visiting the Nakashima studios in New Hope on Saturday. Continue reading
Saturday morning we piled once more into the van to head up to Bucks County…this time to visit the Nakashima workshop in New Hope. We were there for the monthly tour, given by the current head and guiding light of the workshop, Mira Nakashima. Continue reading
July 4th, and the workshops were shut…what were we to do? Luckily our hosts, Albert and Tina came to the rescue to invite us to dinner. We didn’t invade their privacy with the camera; we’ll just say that a good time was had by all, and we spent a long time discussing their remarkable personal collection of art in all forms. A big thank you to both.
July 5th, and the UArts workshops re-open…24/7! Continue reading
Ben and I had a great day in the shop. Ben turned a magnificent natural edge bowl (18 inches Diameter) and I turned my new inspiration from Ash and a hollow form from Oak. Continue reading
One of my dreams was to one day meet David Ellsworth. To do that, have our own demonstration,be shown his gallery and to sit in a Sam Maloof rocking chair, all in one day was beyond my wildest dreams.
Back into the work shop armed with ideas from Tampa. Continue reading
Robin Leigh Kelsey, January 17 1949 – July 1 2013.
RIP Robin Leigh Kelsey, age 64. My dear brother passed away sometime between July 1 and 2, in his bed at home in Peterborough, Ontario. Continue reading
Ok, so we aren’t turners, we who carve by hand here, and for us David Ellsworth hasn’t been the legend he is for so many. Which only made it the more fascinating to get up to see him. Continue reading
Attended the AAW Symposium in Tampa Florida. Arrived at 11.30 am Thursday not really knowing what to expect. It soon was obvious that this was a major logistical nightmare to bring together, especially if items don’t arrive as planned. Friday the first day was surreal, there were people everywhere before the demonstrations and when they started it was like a ghost town. The trade area had every conceivable tool, jig, book, dvd, timber, T-shirts, lathe and any other woodturning related item…woody heaven. Continue reading
ITE 2013 Day 29, July 1. After lunch we drive to Quakertown to visit David and Wendy Ellsworth at their forest estate. It has been a tough visit to schedule, what with David’s teaching and everyone’s travel, so we are eager and excited. Continue reading
Yesterday we got to the Philadelphia Museum of Art. It’s a wonderful resource, but among the many treasures there, two rooms seemed particularly relevant to what we are trying to do on the ITE.
First off, the Brancusi room. This is just about the best collection of his sculpture anywhere outside Paris, but here they are perfectly displayed and easy to really look hard at. Continue reading