Stack Laminated Mahogany Bowl

  • Rude Osolnik, Stack Laminated Mahogany Bowl, 1990, mahogany, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of the artist and Connell Gallery in loving memory of Daphne Francis Osolnik, 1999.105

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.

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
Stack Laminated Mahogany Bowl
11 3418 58 in. diam (29.847.2 cm)
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Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of the artist and Connell Gallery in loving memory of Daphne Francis Osolnik

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