Goncalo Alves Bowl #732 | Michael Shuler

Goncalo Alves Bowl #732

goncalo alves and lacquer; segmented,
lathe-turned, and hand-rubbed
5 1/2 x 12 1/8 in. (14 x 30.8 cm)
Lent by the White House
gift of the artist
Photograph by John Bigelow Taylor

This conical bowl is a stunning example of the segmented technique, as practiced by wood turner Shuler. The technique, which requires laminating hundreds of small pieces of wood into a larger block prior to turning, produces a complex and sometimes unexpected pattern. This piece seems to evoke a sense of gyrating motion.

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