Shot Through The Heart Vase is wood from a plum tree outside our dining room window until it died from insect damage. Notice the heart image with the hole with a natural opening from the root formation. I knew I had to find a way to preserve a piece of this tree that we looked at every day. The size is 7 inch diameter by 8 inches tall.
The style of this vase is a Hollow Form. which means the opening at the top is smaller than the diameter of the vase. Special techniques are necessary to remove interior wood from a small hole. The maker does not have the visual advantage to watch the wood peeling away as he does with an open bowl. Special tools and patience are necessary to create a Hollow Form. This style came about in the 1970’s when a ceramist, David Ellsworth, developed the skill and tools to create a Hollow Form in wood. He then shared how to make these items and the craft of turning changed forever. My signature is on the base.
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I design and all the items on this website in my studio in Montvale, NJ USA. I divide my time between the wood lathe and workbench where I add interesting features and a protective finish. Often the time at the bench exceeds the time it takes to form the shape. When you make a purchase from AATurning I guarantee that you will receive an original item. I never sell any third party items.