This Week’s MotD Theme: Sticks & Stones
Woodturner and stone carver, Stephen Harper, created this exquisite translucent platter made from curly big-leaf maple with inlaid colored calcite crystals. Wow! This is such a gorgeous platter. I love his use of colors and patterns, the warmth of the wood against the coolness of the crystals, as well as allowing the structure and flaws of the wood to participate in the overall abstract piece.
About his art he states:
In 1998, seeking relief from the pressures of my electronics career, I first tried woodturning and stone carving. These disparate materials were soon merged as I developed techniques to create imagery from my mountaineering experiences in woodturned objects with mineral crystal inlay. An interest in Japanese art and Buddhist poetry influenced the designs as my technical skills developed. I now strive to conceive and create pieces that reach out and connect with others – works to stir the viewer’s memory and evoke a moment in time.
Check out the full array of Stephen’s expressions in wood via his web site.
Inspiration For Today
About this piece he states:
[it] was inspired by an on-line interpretation of the tornado in Wizard of Oz as a metaphor for Dorothy’s teenage angst.
Stephen’s dynamic platter shows us how we can creatively express ourselves in ways that mere words fail to do by comparison. Whatever angst we may be experiencing at this time, rather than trying to stuff it, deny it, or otherwise ignore it, the platter encourages us to find a creative way to express it. Some possible ideas: Dance, poetry, drawing, collage, carving, acting, gardening, singing, doodling, finger painting, woodturning. In other words, whatever floats our boats the most…do that!
If you would want your mandala or your idea for a mandala to be considered for the “Mandala of the Day”, read about how on the Participate page. It’s easy! Or recommend one you’ve seen via my Contact page.