Gordon Browning

Meet the Artist

  • About This Artist

    I began making lathe-turned, blind-hollowed vessels in 2001. Each piece is turned from a single log section. I favor full-bodied, parabolic 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 tung oil or beeswax finish preserves the wood's natural look and invites touch.

  • Q&A With This Artist

    A: I make lathe-turned, blind-hollowed vessels. Most of my wood is salvage; my work starts with raw logs and a chainsaw. The Northern hardwoods, Black Cherry, White Ash, Spalted Maple, come from deadfalls and logging culls. The Caribbean wood--Cuban Mahogany, Wild Tamarind--is hurricane salvage from South Florida. The Padauk and Wenge are pulled from a sawmill burn pile in Gabon, Africa.

    A: I have collected wood and worked with wood all my life. Making art from wood just comes natural.

    A: Good question. This period of COVID isolation has taken a toll. Hoping for a bounce back.

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