Road Trip Memory, 2018
Bass wood, acrylic
Tool Making for Turners / July 18 – 23, 2021
I have come upon these coal burning monoliths multiple times in my travels. They always seem like minimalist sculptures on the landscape. Since 2011 I have made several versions, usually as single items. I finally realized that the interesting thing about them is that you mostly see two together. The smoke coming out the stack often looks identical. I am struck by the idea that something so functional and dangerous could be so beautiful and familiar. They are upside down vessel forms. These box/vessels have electric blue paint on the interior.
Beth Ireland earned her undergraduate degree from the State University College at Buffalo, and an MFA in sculpture from Massachusetts College of Art and Design. She has been running her company, Beth Ireland Woodworking since 1983. Her business provides woodworking with a specialization in architectural and artistic woodturning. Ireland has been involved in a traveling art/craft project entitled Turning Around America since 2010 and an instrument making project called, strumfactory.com, since 2016, and has received three Windgate fellowships. She also teaches the Professional Woodturning Intensive at The Center for Furniture Craftsmanship. Beth lives and works in Saint Petersburg, Florida.