I have always collected wood and worked with wood. For thirty years, however, my day job was teaching French language and literature at the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida. I have lived several years in France and traveled in Asia and Africa. I now live with my wife, Olga, out in the country on a small farm in southwestern Wisconsin.
For the last fifteen years I have been exhibiting in craft shows: the American Craft Council shows in San Francisco, St Paul, and Baltimore; the Washington DC Craft Show; and the Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show. In 2013 I had a Gallery Show in Miami during Art Basel Miami, and in June 2014 I exhibited in the Art Store of the Beyeler Museum in Basel, Switzerland. Fall 2019 I was represented by the Maria Elena Kravetz Gallery in SOFA Chicago
I make lathe-turned, blind-hollowed vessels.
Most of my wood is salvage. My projects start with raw logs and a chain saw. I have been working with wood from North and Central America, wood from the Caribbean, and, after a trip to Africa, African timber. Finding my wood is part of a vessel's story.
Aesthetically, I favor clean, full-bodied curves that respect the grain and hint at the log beneath.
Technically, the vessel walls are uniformly thin (3/16”) for lightness and balance, and the hole at the top is finger-tip small (about 1/2”). I use a tung oil or beeswax finish that preserves the wood's natural look and invites touch.