The beauty in both people and in the natural world inspires Carol’s work. She weaves into her sculptures and sculptural baskets the images and experiences of her lifetime. The materials she uses are primarily European basketry willows, native western red cedar, northwest sweetgrass and driftwood.
Kristy forged her artistic mettle apprenticing as a woodworker and upholsterer during her early twenties. Her work in textiles advances the sculptural capabilities of hand-made wool felt, drawing on woodworking to create complex joinery and sculptural forms in fiber.
Raising is an ancient metalsmithing process that stretches malleable metal into striking contours. Using forged steel hammers, open and closed forms are created from sheets of bronze, brass, copper and silver.
Physically demanding, this process requires hundreds, often thousands of repetitive blows, producing a modest amount of work from a single artist.
I’ve been doing this so long – almost 40 years – that I have experience in a lot of project types. Lately, I find myself working primarily on industrial facilities. I have been MWA’s Portland Studio Manager for over 14 years and enjoy working with our people to help manage scheduling and budgets.
As a woodworker, I spend many evenings and weekends turning wood in my shop. If you need advice on home repair projects, I’m your guy – we have great people here and I don’t mind giving them a piece of my mind (I mean advice)!
Oregon artist Tom Willing created his first woodturning in his father’s shop at age eleven. Since then, he has come to focus on pieces that are sensitive to the interplay between light, form, and material. Working with both native and exotic species of woods, Willing seeks to reveal the visual magic within each form he creates.