Gordon Browning

Gordon Browning

About The Artist

Gordon Browning • Viola, WI

I make lathe-turned, blind-hollowed vessels. Each vessel is turned from a single log section—one piece, no segments. I favor clean, full-bodied curves, a small base, and a respect for the grain that suggests the log beneath. Hold a piece sideways, rock it, the change in angle should catch your breath. Vessel walls are uniformly thin for lightness and balance, and the hole at the top is finger-tip small. The finish--tung oil or beeswax--preserves the wood's natural look and invites touch.


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Q&A with the Artist

Tell us how your work is made.

What makes you passionate about the medium you work with?

Wood, hands down, is beautiful. And looking for the right pieces of wood—with or without a chainsaw—has its own compulsions..

What is something unique about you or your practice?

The small hole and the small base receive a lot of attention. No one –nationally or internationally— works with a hole this small.