Michelle Allison: Wood & Metal Art
638 Browns Rd.
Storrs, CT 06268
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These turned works are essential sculptural pieces, primarily expressed in the vessel form, with the lathe as the originating shaping mechanism. The hallmark of my approach is the flamboyant use of color and glass-like finishes. The heavily saturated and highly reflective colored surface energizes the form, by capturing light and intensifying the naturally occurring features of the material. Thin wall piercing and hollow forms have been prominent in my work for the past decade. More recent decorative accents in the form of hammered and patinated copper and are fmore recently featured. I also produced some less complex pieces which are open vessels, typically with natural or barks edges and the signature color and high gloss clear coat.
The raw material used is local hardwoods (trash wood, power company take downs), green (unseasoned) , parasite modified, or decaying (spalted) as “found” in its natural state. Chainsawed into log sections these wood blanks are mounted and formed (or perhaps sculpted) on a motorized wood lathe. Upon drying (seasoning) the vessels are further enhanced by the techniques noted above, then dyed and finished.
The underlying aesthetic focuses on the relationships among form, surface, light and color. Essentially a container, the vessel form is the perfect vehicle to explore the relationship between exterior form and interior spaces. The piercing is both a surface graphic and a bridge between the exterior surface and the interior space.
The jewelry is made from sheets of copper or copper alloys. These are cut to shape then manipulated in various ways. The most widely employed techniques are hammer forming and fold forming. Thus, flat stock is transformed into three dimension pieces, whose surfaces are textured and patinated (either chemically or by flame). Jewelry available includes ear rings, bracelets and cuffs, and necklaces.