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Dancing on Air Bowl

Dancing on Air Bowl is a piece inspired by the art of Matisse.  This project begins as a Bowl. I remove most of the wood with power carving tools leaving as little mass as possible. Then there are hours of sanding and then an application of a food safe finish.  The last step is buffing and polishing.

Matisse Inspired Dancing on Air Bowl is from Matisse’s famous painting “The Dance” on display at the Museum of Modern Art, NYC.  Matisse is one of my favorite artists.  He is a master of simple and elegant lines.  A perfect example of less is more.  A few lines create wonderful images of female forms and items in nature.  When he was unable to hold a paint brush he found a way to create most important pieces with a scissors and scrap paper. Items that he painted for years come to life in paper collages.


This piece of wood art features turning a bowl on a lathe, sketching the dancers and then carving, piercing and sanding each dancer.  The wood has beautiful grain markings from the growth rings that add to the character of the piece.  The size is 5 1/2 inch diameter at the top by 5 inches tall tapering to 2 inch base with carved feet. My signature is on the bottom. This piece throws great shadows with the proper lighting.

If you want to see other Matisse inspired pieces to take a look at Matisse Falling Leaves

Gift ideas

If you do not see something in my Website Store you may like some of my other Wood Vases in my Etsy store.


This is a One of a Kind piece as are all the items I make in my studio in Montvale, NJ USA.  I sell only the products that I design and execute.


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