293 – Wooden Vessel Mandala

Turned Wood Bowl - Helga Winter
Turned Wood Bowl – Helga Winter

Washington woodturner and artist, Helga Winter, created this beautiful bowl by hand turning an unseasoned piece of Pacific Madrone on a wood lathe, shaping it round, and then allowing it to dry/warp as it turns back to its own shape. She then uses dyes and patterns to “invite a closer look.”

As someone who loves all things colorful, this particular piece of Helga’s art captured my eye immediately. I love the boldness and contrasts of colors and patterns along with it’s organic shape and how it so beautifully stands balanced on such a small base.

I love what she states about her art and her process:

I attempt to create objects that are pleasant to be with, invite to be touched, held and inquired. The process of my work is self-discovery. The pieces are felt and become known to me – only to be discovered anew through the beholder’s imagination that decides and investigates the function of the piece.

Helga’s beautiful art definitely draws me in. I sense that if given the opportunity to hold this bowl I would feel the energy and spirit of the tree whence it came.

Happy Coloring!

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