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Virginia Dotson Portrait

Virginia Dotson

Newton, Massachusetts 1943

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Photographer: David Barr, for the Arizona Commission on the Arts

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"My work is the sum of my life as part of the natural world. Everything I have ever known or looked at, dreamt or thought about, is reflected in my work." Virginia Dotson, American Woodturner, Fall 2001


Virginia Dotson's work has been exhibited at the Fine Arts Museum of the South in Mobile, Alabama, the University Art Collection at Arizona State University and the Dowse Art Museum in Lower Hutt, New Zealand. Her work has attracted the attention of Woodturning Magazine and Woodwork Magazine. In 1993, her bowls were on display in Munich, Germany. Dotson's art has been seen throughout Europe on a tour sponsored by the U.S. Information Agency. She attended the School of Art at Arizona State University, Tempe, and Wellesley College in Wellesley, Massachusetts.

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Virginia Dotson's vessels are inspired by nature. She believes a great deal can be communicated with a simple image and often incorporates shapes from feathers, butterfly wings, shells, trees, and ripples of water into her work. Dotson wants her working process to evolve in the same way the natural world has, and allows each piece to progress in its "own unique way," welcoming any unplanned changes that occur.