Breezy Hill Turning

Turned Wood Art by Michael Foster

Artist Statement

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I love working in the medium of wood. Over the years I have made numerous pieces of furniture for my home and family, but my real passion is woodturning. The spinning wood and concentration involved are totally engrossing and extremely satisfying. Wood offers an endless array of grain, figure, color and texture that can be beautiful in its own right. While turning a form can bring out the beauty in wood, it is limited to circular forms by the mechanics of the lathe. To express ideas not possible by woodturning alone I often choose to enhance the process with carving, color and texture.
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I have always been fascinated by the sciences but especially enjoy reading about the latest in astronomy, physics and biology. Much of the inspiration in my work comes from my interest in the sciences and math. I find beauty in the more ordered mathematical forms as well as in the organic forms found in nature. Many of the forms and shapes that I have come across are unusual, but quite interesting. I find it a fulfilling challenge to translate some of these forms into pieces derived from turning.

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Awards and Publications

Juried into the "What is Beautiful" exhibit at SOFA Chicago sponsored by the Collectors of Wood Art
Featured in Profile article of the winter issue (105) Creative Wood, New
Zealand
First place for bowls/vessels at Totally Turning/Showcase 2012
Featured artist for delManoSmall Treaures “ show 2011
Professional Excellence Award at Totally Turning/NWA Showcase 2011
First Place for Bowls/Vessels at Totally Turning/NWA Showcase 2011
Featured in Woodturning Design “Designer’s Showcase” Fall 2010
Juried into Maple Medley Acer Showcase for AAW symposium, 2010
Rich Pagano Award (best in show) at Totally Turning/NWA Showcase 2009
First Place for segmented work at Totally Turning/NWA Showcase 2009
Third Place for faceplate work at Totally Turning/NWA Showcase 2009
Selected for Participation in AAW Rounding the Four Corners exhibit 2008
2nd place in 2006 Woodcentral segmented turning contest

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