Illusions in Wood, 2017 | Donna Zils Banfield, New Hampshire

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Illusions in Wood, 2017 | Donna Zils Banfield, New Hampshire
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Walnut sapwood, gilder's paste | 1.5 x 9.75 in/3.81 x 24.76 cm

‘Illusions in Wood’ is a series that was inspired by a ‘slouched’ basket created by Harvey Meyer. I loved the idea of creating another kind of illusion in wood. It could be hammered metal, clay, pottery or ceramic, until you pick it up and discover that it’s wood.
This piece is walnut sapwood, turned green to final ‘thin-ness’, and allowed to warp. I chose to use sapwood because of the greater likelihood of movement as it dried. The textured pattern was created using a wood-burning tip and very high heat. Each mark was created with a single touch of the heated tip. As the pattern grows larger, the heat causes additional warping. The illusion becomes complete when gilder’s paste is applied. First a black base coat, followed by gold ‘floated’ over the high spots. The finished piece could resemble an ancient artifact uncovered during an archeological dig, a well-used metal cooking or serving vessel or possibly a woven-grass or pine needle plate.

About the Artist:
Donna Zils Banfield has been creating works of art in wood since she received her first lathe as a surprise Christmas gift from her husband in 2001. Donna’s skills on the lathe were self-taught, but honed through workshops taught by gifted and skilled artists and turners who shared their knowledge. Her carving techniques and designs evolved after studying under several internationally recognized fine art and craft masters.
Donna has been teaching and demonstrating since 2007, sharing her knowledge and techniques with woodturning clubs throughout New England and beyond. She has written articles for the Journal of the Guild of New Hampshire Woodworkers and the AAW’s Woodturning FUNdamentals. Donna has been a juried member of the League of New Hampshire Craftsmen (LNHC) since 2010 and currently serves as a Juror in wood, evaluating and critiquing the work of applicants seeking admission to the League as a juried craftsperson.
Her work can be found in private collections in Australia, India, Taiwan and the U.S.