Sarah Grace Cheek
About The Artist
Sarah Grace Cheek • Earlysville, VA
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"Sarah Grace Cheek is an artist and woodworker based in Virginia. She holds a BFA from Virginia Commonwealth University in Craft & Material Studies where she focused in furniture and textile design. After leading a production style wood shop for the last 4+ years, Sarah Grace made the leap in summer of 2022 to pursue being an artist full time. Her work centers around nourishment, usefulness and joy. Sarah Grace uses traditional hand carving and power carving techniques to create her work. Her inspiration includes bones, rocks, bark, scavenged and salvaged materials and antique textiles including late 19th to early 20th century quilts, just to name a few things. She works solely with wood sourced and local to the central east coast. Fellow woodworkers donate their scraps and cut offs for her to utilize and create one of a kind pieces."
Q&A with the Artist
Tell us how your work is made.
For my most recent interest in wooden bottles, it all begins with a walk in the woods and collecting discarded antique and vintage glass bottles. These have been my main source of inspiration as of late. I work with scrap pieces and off cuts from fellow woodworkers and the sizes and shapes of those pieces ultimately dictate how my work will take shape. I bore out the center of a piece wood on the drill press and then move to the bandsaw to cut away excess around the bottle neck area. From there, I head to the lathe to turn the bottle necks round and to round any other part I desire, say the bottom or sides. I then will carve, sand and shape the bottle to resemble some sort of amalgamation of the glass bottles I've found. Each bottle bottom is carved to be concave to resemble their glass counterparts. Pieces are finished in some combination of linseed oil, beeswax and crystalline wax and sometimes with dye or a paint wash.