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Stack Laminated Mahogany Bowl

1990 Rude Osolnik Born: Dawson, New Mexico 1915 Died: Berea, Kentucky 2001 mahogany 11 3/4 x 18 5/8 in. diam (29.8 x 47.2 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of the artist and Connell Gallery in loving memory of Daphne Francis Osolnik 1999.105 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 4th Floor, 54B

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"Over the many years I have been working in wood, I have steadily moved in the direction of achieving a pure, simple, unadorned style containing a sense of proportion and perfect balance between material, purpose, and contour." Artist's statement

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Like many of Rude Osolnik's pieces, Stack Laminated Mahogany Bowl is made from discarded scraps of wood. He salvaged exotic woods, like mahogany, from veneer mills that cut logs in Africa, Central America, or Asia. To reduce the amount of waste that typically results from more traditional woodturning techniques, Osolnik cut large, concentric circles from each plank. He then cut the circle into rings and removed the rings, "donut-style," pulling out the smaller rings from inside larger ones. Next, he matched up the rings and laminated them together to create the shape before placing the entire form on the lathe. The resulting bowls are perfectly proportioned, as Osolnik believed that form should always be the focal point of a piece.


decorative arts

Crafts - Wood

About Rude Osolnik

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

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