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Rosemary Wright (UK) burr elm lidded vessel 14x14cm. Signed

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Rosemary Wright (UK) burr elm lidded vessel 14x14cm. Signed

 

I was always a bit in awe of Ray as one of the “top guys” but his humour and down to earth approach put everyone at ease.  The highlight for me was the 20th Anniversary AWGB seminar of 2007 when I was chosen for the Tony Boase award.  He couldn’t have been more generous with his encouragement and I learnt a lot from his critiques as we shared the same love of form and preference for a simple aesthetic, famously verbalised as “keep it simple stupid”!  It is impossible to overestimate his contribution the world of woodturning in this country.

I chose what I thought would be the easiest piece to work on from his collection, as, although thrilled and honoured to be invited to the collaboration, coward that I am, I was terrified of making a mess of it!  It sat untouched in my workshop for weeks and weeks while I wracked my brains for some ideas. 

Ray’s form was very pleasing to me and I didn’t want to change it and I didn’t see how I could develop it “in my own style”.  I have been doing some colouring and texturing recently but didn’t want to detract from the natural beauty of the wood but I thought the more defined tool marks Ray had left towards the rim could be highlighted with colour and it would be lovely to keep that original input from him.  So, I decided to hollow the bowl, highlight a band of Ray’s tool marks with white milk paint and gilt wax, and make additions that I could be freer with. I made a lid from burr elm and created an ebony and holly “leaf” finial that referenced my “leaf” series. The lidded bowl needed elevating, so I made a grooved rectangular platform and a beaded round plinth, both in Asian striped ebony, that referenced earlier work.  I think the collaboration worked well in the end.

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Rosemary Wright (UK) burr elm lidded vessel 14x14cm. Signed

 

I was always a bit in awe of Ray as one of the “top guys” but his humour and down to earth approach put everyone at ease.  The highlight for me was the 20th Anniversary AWGB seminar of 2007 when I was chosen for the Tony Boase award.  He couldn’t have been more generous with his encouragement and I learnt a lot from his critiques as we shared the same love of form and preference for a simple aesthetic, famously verbalised as “keep it simple stupid”!  It is impossible to overestimate his contribution the world of woodturning in this country.

I chose what I thought would be the easiest piece to work on from his collection, as, although thrilled and honoured to be invited to the collaboration, coward that I am, I was terrified of making a mess of it!  It sat untouched in my workshop for weeks and weeks while I wracked my brains for some ideas. 

Ray’s form was very pleasing to me and I didn’t want to change it and I didn’t see how I could develop it “in my own style”.  I have been doing some colouring and texturing recently but didn’t want to detract from the natural beauty of the wood but I thought the more defined tool marks Ray had left towards the rim could be highlighted with colour and it would be lovely to keep that original input from him.  So, I decided to hollow the bowl, highlight a band of Ray’s tool marks with white milk paint and gilt wax, and make additions that I could be freer with. I made a lid from burr elm and created an ebony and holly “leaf” finial that referenced my “leaf” series. The lidded bowl needed elevating, so I made a grooved rectangular platform and a beaded round plinth, both in Asian striped ebony, that referenced earlier work.  I think the collaboration worked well in the end.

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