"Kava Bowl" by Graeme Priddle

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 Kava Bowl  by Graeme Priddle
1,400.00USD+ applicable fees & taxes.
This item SOLD at 2014 Jun 14 @ 15:59UTC-7 : PDT/MST
All items in this auction were created, at least in part, on the wood lathe, with wood as the primary material. All are one-of-a-kind signed originals, guaranteed to be individually created by the woodturning artist listed.
Kava Bowl
Jarrah, acrylics, pyrography
8" x 2 3/8"

Artist's notes: The Kava ceremony is one of the most important in Polynesian culture: the ritual drinking of kava marks most ceremonial and social occasions. Made from the dried roots of the plant Piper methysticum, kava relaxes without loss of mental clarity. Consumed throughout the Pacific Ocean societies of Polynesia, its associated ceremonies and uses vary widely. Kava is served from traditionally-designed bowls, or ‘tanoa’, made from a single piece of wood. Kava was often allowed to remain indefinitely in the tanoa, creating a enamel-like patina called tane. Chiefs and orators, high and low, use the same type of tanoa. At ceremonies, the bowl used is that belonging to the chief or orator at whose house the ceremony is being held.
As a fifth generation New Zealander, I am drawn to traditional carving and contemporary Maori art, as it is usually inspired by environment (one of the most important influences in my own work), ancestors, beliefs and legends that have a narrative quality.

About the artist: One of the few contemporary crafts artists to have his work featured on a national postage stamp, Graeme Priddle has 20 years experience in the woodworking field. He is best known for sculptural turnings/carvings reflecting his life and environments in Northland, New Zealand. He has won numerous awards for his work, which has been exhibited widely in New Zealand, UK, Japan, Taiwan, France, Germany, U.S.A and Canada. He is very active in the wood turning world and commits his time and talent to many creative endeavours. Graeme was born in Lower Hutt, New Zealand in 1960. He moved to Northland in 1986 while working for Telecom as a radio technician. He took voluntary severance in 1989 after twelve years service and started woodturning in 1990. Graeme now lives and works on a 100 acre bush block 30km North-East of Whangarei.