This is a rare day. Two posts in one day. I’m in the mood to write, so I’ll talk about the latest work I just completed a couple of hours ago.
I really let my imagination run with this piece, and something down inside tells me I should explore this form more. Here’s the back story. I have a number of osage orange logs, and I had an odd shaped piece that I really did not want to waste. It was not suited for a bowl, but I could make it into a hollow form, but I was not in the mood to make a standard tall vase. Inspired by recent readings and photos, I borrowed ideas from three different artists and put them together.
The initial shape was inspired by the work of Marc Ricourt. His forms are very different, so I decided to make the piece as a rectangular form with textured edges. I could have made it like a rectangular open vessel, but I really wanted to push the envelope, so I set the piece up on a glue block and used my boring bar to hollow it out. This gave me the basic shape. I left the very top of piece rough and out of square, because I thought it would give the form a more primitive, hand made shape. The V-grooves on the side were made with a spindle gouge, but I wanted them to be uneven and have a hand-made look.
My next idea came from David Ellsworth. His Solstice Series gave me the idea for piercing the sides. The holes start out large in the center and flair out, and progressively get smaller. I had a set of forsner bits that made this easy work on the drill press. But what next? I had already spend a lot of time and thought into this piece, but it just needed more.
Then the work of Graeme Priddle came to mind during a walk to shul. The piece was already taking on a south Pacific look to me, so I decided to texture the piece with the spiral pyrography. Then I used black acrylic paint to really define the burning. In my mind I could picture mask or facial tattoos, and that was the final idea I need to complete the work.
The piece is meant to be viewed with the corner facing you, so you see the mask, and you get different look from each corner. I top coated the piece with a natural Danish Oil to give the wood a natural golden tone with a satin sheen.
I spent a lot of hours working on this piece that I doubt will ever sell (unless someone has a Polynesian themed home), but I feel like this piece was a real breakthrough creatively. In a long conversation with Graeme Priddle, he told me that he borrowed other ideas and put them together in news ways, and that is what I have done with this piece that I call “Tiki #1”
So ladies and gentlemen, I give you Tiki #1:
The piece stands 8″ tall and the sides are 4″ wide. My gut tells me to explore this form more. Your thoughts? Explore more or move along?