Turning: "Decorated Vessels"
April 21, 2006
Entry Details

# 349
John H. Williams
New Hope, PA
Dimensions (inches):  
  Width:   3.5 inches
  Height:   5 inches
  Depth:   3.5 inches
Materials:   Wood - Pennsylvania Cherry and African Blackwood
Finish - Acrylic paint transparent colors

One of three views of the vessel.  Three views are used so all of the surface can be viewed.

The form is turned to 1/8 wall thickness.  The collar is polished with friction polish.

This piece is #9 of a series of pieces I've been working on over the past few months.  The series name is "Turbulence".  What the pyrography shows are eddies and flowing lines between them.  Turbulence in nature is viewable in water and can be only felt in wind.  It is caused by objects in the path of the wind or water.  There is no pattern to the pyrography.  The size and locations of the elements and the length of the burned lines is random. I believe that reflects natures accurately. I do the entire surface without layout lines.

Two of three views.

The colors are airbrushed on the surface after I've burned the entire surface.  I mix the colors as I apply them....lightess colors to darkess. Again I try to keep the colors random on the surface, although, in this piece, I've highlighted the eddys to contrast with the flow lines.  The choice of color has nothing to do with the color of water or wind.  This color combination pleases me.

Three of three views.

The burned lines are quite close together.  After the burning is complete, I re-sand the turned surface to 400 grit. (Off the lathe, the form was sanded to 180 grit).  The pyrography actually increases the total exposed surface by 50-60% if you count the sides of the burrned lines.The burned lines are quite shiny on their sides and give the piece a glazed appearence in side light.  Transparent acrylic colors are used so the lines remain blackened. After the paint is dry, I burnish the surface with brown paper to give it a soft lustre.

In this detail, you can see the lines.  All of them are curved and vary in length. One might see a couple of eyes and a nose within the flow and eddys.

Another detail of the pyrography.  In the upper right portion of the detail, notice the refection off the pyrography.  If the piece is turned in your hands this reflection can be observed and moves about the surface.  Also the detail shows how I burn the flow lines.  In the section of the surface, the flow seems to twist.

Judges Comments
Clay : The casual and seemingly spontaneous marks have an order and rhythm. Thre's just enough pattern to the motion to overcome random chaos. All this is supported by the simplicity and perfection of the form.
Jacques : Sweet little piece... components compliment each other so well. Rim stands a bit too high for the form instead of marrying to the form... great volume and use of texture and color.
John : Very nice surface-sort of Van Gogh brush strokes. I'm no fan of the inserted necks. A lot of people are doing little vessels with similar necks and different surface treatments, and they start to look the same.............

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