Laminated Birchwood Bowl

  • Rude Osolnik, Osolnik Originals, Laminated Birchwood Bowl, ca. 1975, birch plywood and walnut, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Museum purchase, 1975.175

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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.

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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
Title
Laminated Birchwood Bowl
Artists
Date
ca. 1975
Location
Not on view
Dimensions
7 x 11 in. (17.7 x 27.8 cm) diam.
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Museum purchase

Mediums
Mediums Description
birch plywood and walnut
Classifications
Object Number
1975.175
Palette
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