Fractured Series Bowl, 2012 | Al Stirt, Vermont

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Fractured Series Bowl, 2012  | Al Stirt, Vermont
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Fractured Series Bowl, 2012 | Al Stirt, Vermont

Artist Statement:
"I consider myself a "bowl maker" more than a wood turner because, although the turning process fascinates me, it is the resulting bowl that commands my interest.

From the earliest times bowls have had meanings for people beyond the purely utilitarian. The bowl as vessel has a resonance deep within the human psyche.

I have always thought of each piece that I make as a composition utilizing elements of pattern, line, weight, texture and form. Even in the most simple pieces I try to find a harmony of grain and shape.

I seek a balance in my work between the dynamic and the serene. By playing with the tension created by combining the circle's perfection with the energy of pattern I am trying to make pieces that have life.

I use patterns, whether created by grain structure or organic fluting and carving or repeated geometric shapes, to develop harmony in each of my pieces. I find myself always looking for a new means of expression within the turned form."

Al Stirt lives in Enosburg Falls, Vermont. He has been a professional woodturner for nearly 40 years. He specializes in open bowls and platters – both utilitarian and decorative. Many of his pieces incorporate carving and painting. He tries to emphasize the ideas and feelings behind his work in addition to the technical details. His work is included in numerous public and private collections including the Smithsonian Institute, the White House, the Victoria and Albert Museum and the American Craft Museum. Al has demonstrated woodturning in Australia, England, Ireland, New Zealand and Canada as well as throughout the United States. In 1997 the American Association of Woodturners awarded him an Honorary Lifetime Membership for his commitment and contributions to the field of woodturning.