William Hunter

William Hunter
Long Beach, California 1947
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Artist Biography

Born in Long Beach, California, William Hunter earned a B.A. degree in 1972 at California State University at Dominguez Hills. With the purchase of a woodturning table in 1969, he undertook this work as an untutored amateur. Before long, he was creating functional production pieces that he sold in craft fairs on the West Coast.

In 1973 Hunter moved to El Portal, California, on the edge of Yosemite Valley. In 1978 he abandoned production work in order to concentrate on one-of-a-kind pieces that offered greater creative rewards. In the early 1980s Hunter, in collaboration with his wife, Marianne, created sumptuous pieces embellished with enamels and gems. At this time Hunter turned ivory, amber, fossilized walrus tusk, and cast plastic, as well as exotic woods. Hunter acknowledges the influence of work by Isamu Noguchi, Alberto Giacometti, and Constantin Brancusi.

Hunter has moved from vessel forms to open spirals that are purely sculptural in inspiration and orientation. These open turnings are a technical tour de force, bringing to mind the geometric perfection of floral patterns and nautilus chambers.

Kenneth R. Trapp and Howard Risatti Skilled Work: American Craft in the Renwick Gallery (Washington, D.C.: National Museum of American Art with the Smithsonian Institution Press, 1998)

Works by This Artist

ebony, 24k gold, sterling silver, enamel, amethyst, and charoite
satinwood, ebony, 24k gold, sterling silver, fine silver, enamel, and rutilated quartz