J. Paul Fennell, Vase, from the Fraxinus Coloratus Series, 1989, turned ash, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of George Peter Lamb and Lucy Scardino in memory of Natalie Rust Lamb, 1995.100.7
J. Paul Fennel made the Fraxinus Coloratus series at the beginning of his "attempt at serious woodturning" in the late 1980s (artist correspondence). The Latin title refers to the colorful ash wood that he used to create all of the pieces in the series. With this vase, Fennel focused on the "spectacular pattern" he encountered in this particular piece of ash's heartwood, highlighting what he describes as the "marbling" in the wood. Fennel salvaged this piece of ash, as many woodturners do, from a commercial tree remover's lot, who most likely removed the tree due to disease, neglect, or damage.
Luce Object Quote"At that particular time in my career [about 1989] as a woodturner, I focused primarily upon the discovery and subsequent presentation of the inherent beauty of the wood, within the aesthetic of a lathe-turned vessel." Artist correspondence
Vase, from the Fraxinus Coloratus Series
7 1/4 x 6 in. (18.5 x 15.3 cm) diam.
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Smithsonian American Art Museum
Gift of George Peter Lamb and Lucy Scardino in memory of Natalie Rust Lamb
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- turned ash
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