Once again I was looking forward to receiving the invitational brochure to find out what the theme for this years Esherick exhibition would be. I like having a theme because it challenges me to design and create works that are thoughtful and unique while having a focus.
This years theme was …….
At the time I only had a few carving gouges and a lathe so I focused on creating an object that combined both.
A lot of my works are created in my head as I'm always busy designing. The concept was to turn a vase on the lathe that was ornamentally carved.
The final design was the emerging butterfly/cocoon that became the focus for the piece.
I was still learning how to carve at the time and it took three attempts to create the vase that looked as correct as possible in the round. I painted the wings gold to give the work a truly special feel.
I was excited to be accepted into the exhibition and still really love the final creation and what it represents.