Mike Shuler

Santa Cruz, CA

The vessel form expresses the aesthetic of my work. These forms are grouped in two parts. One is segmented and the other is organica. All are lathe-turned vessels. The segmented vessels are made of hundreds or thousands of slender precisely cut mostly exotic hardwoods, which form intense and intricate patterns. No paints, pigments or stains of any kind are used, except in the maple bowls where the glue is tinted red. Otherwise, all colors are the natural color of the species. The organica are vessels formed from natural objects such as pinecones, blossoms, artichokes and other vegetative forms. The vessel is created through a subtractive process involving resin saturation and the lathe to reveal a beauty within the form usually hidden from view.
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