Turning Archive 2007

Wed.Chat: Production Work, Hurting Our Art Or Not?

Steve Russell
>Hello to the group,

Please join us this Wednesday night for our weekly Turning Chat. This week our topic will be: Production Work, Does It Harm The Perception Of Our Art In the Mind Of The General Public?

In a recent conversation, a serious multi-media art collector and gallery owner (who shall remain nameless) made some interesting comments about woodturning in general and production woodturnings specifically stating: "Production woodturnings of any type, by any woodturner, do nothing to advance the art of woodturning within the medium, or in the mind of the general public. Their simple forms sacrifice unique artistic elements, in favor of those designed strictly for speedy execution and are generally devoid of artistic creativity, or detail."

This gentleman went on to say that he felt production work (he defined "production work" as multiple forms of any woodturning project produced quickly with few artistic elements) may in fact be harming the overall impression of woodturning and its acceptance as a legitimate art form in the mind of many serious collectors and the public. He felt that all production woodturnings look too much like craft work and not real ground breaking unique artistic work, thereby nurturing the perception of our medium as a "craft" instead of an "art" within the mind of the general public. He also indicated that many of his gallery customers seemed to share these feelings as well.

So what do you think? Do you feel that production woodturnings of any type (bowls, pens, platters, hollow forms, peppermills, bottle stoppers, etc.) are harming the perception of woodturning by somehow forestalling the general public's acceptance of woodturning as a true art form? Join us as we discuss what will undoubtedly be a very interesting and lively discussion of the impact of production work on woodturning and whether it's harming the perception of woodturning as a legitimate art form in the mind of the public.

We will start the chat with a 15 minute review of 2 selected works by our WC friends.
If you are interested in having your work reviewed at the turning chat, remember to email Ron 1 or 2 (max.) photos of some of your recent work (completed or unfinished, in process etc.) for our "Show and Tell" session. Please indicate whether you are submitting the photos as "Completed Work" for a critique, or as an "Assistance Needed" submission that you would like some type of help, or assistance with.

Turning Chat room opens at 9:00pm EDT (For meet and greet)
Show-N-Tell starts at 9:30pm EDT
Main Topic starts at 9:45pm EDT
Post Chat Wrap-Up starts at 10:30pm EDT (For extended discussions if desired)

See you there!

Steve Russell
Wednesday Night Turning Chat Moderator

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