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Laminated Birchwood Bowl

ca. 1975 Rude Osolnik Born: Dawson, New Mexico 1915 Died: Berea, Kentucky 2001 Osolnik Originals birch plywood and walnut 7 x 11 in. (17.7 x 27.8 cm) diam. Smithsonian American Art Museum Museum purchase 1975.175 Not currently on view


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"[The] diversity, color, grain, and texture [of wood] are constantly fascinating. Each piece is like a human fingerprint: no two pieces are alike." Rude Osolnik, 1985

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Rude Osolnik detested waste and tried to find a use for all his scrap materials. Laminated Birchwood Bowl and Vase were made from discarded pieces of birch plywood. Osolnik glued strips of the plywood together to form blocks from which the vessels were turned. The laminations in the wood give the illusion of dramatic grains curving around the vessels.

Keywords

decorative arts

Crafts - Wood

wood - birch

About Rude Osolnik

Born: Dawson, New Mexico 1915 Died: Berea, Kentucky 2001

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