Award for Genesis Platter is a commission piece for family honoring their dad. A Cherry Tree was planted by the family and grew at the grave site. Eventually the tree became so large that it began to cause damage at near the grave. The son spoke with the authorities at the cemetery into allowing him to secure large logs from the tree anticipating that family heirlooms could be made from the wood.
The son phoned me and asked if I would make some items for his mother, sister and brother. I loved the idea of this important commission. This Genesis Platter was the most ambitious. It is my interpretation of Life. Starting on the left is the deep ocean, then as we move to the right we see birds as we near land. Then there are the mountains and rivers, rural areas with farms and towards the lower center are the population centers with bridges. Above all of this along the rim is the galaxy with Stars.
All of these symbols are created with the use of pyrography which is a wood branding technique. A red hot wire burns into the wood leaving a depression. Here is a link to learn more about pyrography. https://lifehacker.com/how-to-get-started-with-the-art-of-pyrography-aka-woo-1711882248
This is the link to the item made for the son. The platter twisted and cracked and I gave it the name Grieving and Healing.items for the family members. https://www.aaturning.com/2019/09/27/grieving-and-healing-platter/
I received an Award for Genesis Platter at a Regional Symposium in Saratoga New York. My studio is in Montvale, New Jersey.