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Ray Allen

Born:
Dickson, Tennessee 1930

Died:
Yuma, Arizona 2000

Luce Artist Quote

"I never found anything that gave me a true sense of pride and accomplishment until I bought my first lathe in 1986 and began to turn." Ray Allen, Woodwork, 1991


Luce Artist Biography

Ray Allen worked as a carpenter for thirty years before learning to turn wood. He discovered segmented turning in 1988, a method that incorporates many different pieces of wood into a single turned form. His vessels often include more than three thousand individual pieces of wood and required complex construction before being placed on the lathe. Allen based his intricate and geometric designs on Southwest Indian, prehistoric, and modern pottery.