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500 Wood Bowls

500 Wood Bowls
Edited by Katherine Duncan Aimone

Lark Books: 2004
paperback, 420 pp., $24.95
ISBN 1-57990-483-1

     In a fine color presentation, Lark Books presents gallery photos of artistic bowls in wood. Some are carved, some are segmented, most are turned on a lathe. Some utilize added metals or gold leaf, marquetry, pyrography or piece assembly. All are amazing in their degree of creativity.
     The bowls selected were juried by Ray Leier and Jan Peters of del Mano Gallery in California, and Kevin Wallace, an independent curator and writer. Artists are represented from Sweden, Canada, Denmark, Ireland, England, Australia and New Zealand, Germany, Japan, the Netherlands, the United States and South Africa.
     Several of the artists have included comments on their work: "I see the wood form as my canvas," says Stephen Gleasner. Nancy Anderson says, "The deeper into the burl you go, the more beautiful the grain." Jack Fifield states, "The goal is to develop a form of lightness and dynamic balance."
     These artworks are, when pulled together for such an opulent display as this, a testament to human vision, each one as unique as its maker. This is truly an inspirational gallery of work.

. . . Barb Siddiqui