John Beaver

John Beaver

About The Artist

John Beaver • Pacific Palisades, CA

In 2009 John began experimenting with a lathe he had inherited. Having always lived near the ocean, he was inspired to bring the motion and rhythm of the waves to a round object. The exploration of that concept led to the “wavy” design which is still the signature element of his work today. The technical genesis of John’s work is his ability to deconstruct a turned vessel, add, remove or modify the elements, and reassemble the piece while maintaining grain and wall alignment.


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Q&A with the Artist

Tell us how your work is made.

My work usually begins by placing a log on a lathe and turning a vessel. That vessel is then cut apart, elements are added, modified or removed, and then reassembled.

What makes you passionate about the medium you work with?

I love discovering new designs and techniques in the field of wood. Figuring out solutions to my designs is my biggest passion. I am always striving to come up with new and different ways to make my pieces, and for the audience to say "how did he do that?"

What is something unique about you or your practice?

The most unique thing about my work is my ability to cut a turned bowl into pieces and then put it all back together. I have invented 4 or 5 techniques never done before in the wood working world.