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peter schlech: in pursuit of beauty

An apprenticeship as a boat builder in Annapolis, Maryland uncovered Peter Schlech’s passion for woodworking and Schlech went on to design and build yacht interiors for thirty years. In the mid-90’s he took his passion one step further and began crafting fine furniture which reignited his creative fire and catapulted him towards further experimentation in art-making. 

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[private_archives]Recently the artist has focused his attention on sculptural vessels with curving lines that successfully create the suggestion of graceful movement, dance, close embrace and spirited conversation. You can see Schlech’s newest works here and more of his vessels here.


Elizabeth Series #5, Ebony & Wenge



Phoenix Series #14,  Rosewood & Zirocote



Unisbel Series #6, Rosewood & Wenge


While it is often easy to fall into the seductive raps of repetition, imitation and sensationalism, my aesthetic goal remains clear—simplicity of design integrity and the pursuit of beauty. For if we as artists do not impart, if only for a moment, a sense of beauty to the beholder, then we have failed at our task.


jim lorriman turns reclaimed wood

Canadian Jim Lorriman turns wood using a concentric ring lamination technique which allows him to reuse old wood in a way that isn’t available to other woodturners. The former cabinet maker turns vases, bowls and plates from reclaimed dock wood, discarded window frames, timbers from old factories and barns, even grandma’s old front door.

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[private_archives]I’m intrigued by the idea of taking a piece of wood that has sentimental value and turning it into an heirloom that can be enjoyed and honored for generations.


Lorriman, a 2009 Niche Award Finalist, is a self-taught artist whose practice of featuring the flaws in a piece of wood echoes the wisdom we find in Eastern cultures.



I have a deep respect for the forest as an entity and its individual trees. The forest provides for me and I only take what is offered. I try to show wood in new ways to spark curiosity and possibly even get people to think. Through the trees I am connected to the past. They are connected through me to the future.

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caroline saul: plastic makes perfect

These painterly vessels appear to be delicate translucent porcelain with surface designs akin to burnt velvet, raku and nuno felt.




Clever Caroline Saul tricks the eye with her weightless sculptural containers, which are actually made from recycled plastic milk bottles.  Saul melts and fuses the plastic into sheets she tints, cuts and shapes to create small bowls, large plump orbs and installation sized vessels. I was pulled in by the colors and quickly caught in the net of shadows cast by the lacy structures.



My passion lies with the creation of new materials from objects that might otherwise be thrown away. The development of my recycled plastics leads to the creation of sculptural bulbous vessels.


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