The second installment covering the 7th Annual Utah Valley Wood Sculpture Show, Competition, and Sale describes some observations and the results for my entries. Of particular note, Pete Leclair was on hand doing demonstrations of his caricature wood carvings. It was quite an experience to watch him and the best part was him sharing his carvings with the scouts who were in attendance. I met a young man who had gathered a large pile of cottonwood tree bark which he and his dad were selling to the wood carvers and the visitors to the show.
I chose to enter a few newly finished carved eggshells, goose shells this time. they are filigree carved based on chinese lattice patterns. I am always fascinated by the intricate patterns the chinese culture uses to ornament their windows, doors and walls. I also like using this style of art on goose eggs because it creates a stunning image as well as being a huge challenge to complete. Each time I finish one of these filigree lattices I am left pondering what pattern to convert to a three dimensional images and also just how far I can push the lattices patterns. How much material can I remove and still have the eggshell capable of remaining intact.
This show was the third public appearance for my new miniature seed pots. All of these vessels are under 3 inches in diameter. I couple of them are approximately 1 inch in diameter. They are based loosely on Native American art and a collection of miniature silver seed pots collected and previously shown at the Heard Museum of Art in Arizona. I really love creating these challenging pieces. They are very tedious and time consuming because working in such tiny scale takes more time to accomplish similar work than on large gourds. The end result certainly makes the extra work worthwhile. I will be offering more of these in the future and a few of them will be made into series based on similar themes.
For the knowledge of those who compete or wish to in the future, these eggshells and the miniature seed pots were entered for judging in the Professional Division.
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