Dick Kelly

This is a collection of websites and images from some of my favorite turners and other craftspeople.  Some have been my teachers, and the others -- I just admire their work.  Most have strong, individual ideas about design. As I’ve gone along in turning, I like to think that listening to them and seeing their work has given me permission to explore form, design and color in my own work. Click the links and see what they have to say for themselves.  

Dick Kelly    





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Steve turns boxes.  But he takes the simple design concept of a “box” to his own unique place.  Complex combinations of wood, form, texture and finish make each piece distinctively his. Steve lives by the Annapolis Valley in Nova Scotia which used to be home to miles and miles of apple orchards.  When economics dictated replacing the trees with cornfields for biofuels, he memorialized the change with his “Lost Orchard” design.  His beautiful images highlight Steve’s other profession, as a photographer.









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Mark’s turned work shows John Jordan’s influence.  (He was John’s studio assistant at Arrowmont.)  He embellishes his turned and ebonized forms with unique dense geometric patterns.  He’s from North Carolina where he shared studio space with turner/sculptor Stoney Lamar.  He observed Stoney working off the lathe with other shaping tools, and has incorporated that approach in his recent, large scale work.







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Betty began producing functional wood items in the ‘70s with an educational background in industrial arts.  She saw the potential of finding sculptural form in turned discs and cylinders and has produced a body of work which is represented in many museums and galleries.  When I first saw her work, it gave me permission to go beyond the basic platter form I’d been turning by cutting designs into the rim and sculpting the face.  Betty is also a prolific writer and teacher.  She is doing a week-long workshop at Arrowmont in Tennessee in July this summer.









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OK, OK, Paul is not a woodturner, but he is one of my favorite craft artists.  His journey in studio glass began in 1972 after ten years of scientific glassblowing.  So he’s a contemporary of the turners who invented wood as a fine craft.  He chose to update the European paperweight making tradition by combining his passion for crafting with glass and his love of our small companions in nature – mostly flowers and insects. He was determined to bring his specialty, flameworking, to the forefront in an era when art glass was synonymous with blown glass.  His most recent book, Spark the Creative Flame – Making the Journey from Craft to Art, includes a couple essays, “A Very Short History of Studio Craft,” by Bruce Metcalf and “Craft, Design and Art,” by Burton Wasserman.   These discussions are universally applicable to all areas of craft.  And don’t miss the video – Paul is a truly enjoyable person.



© Dick Kelly 2015

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