Disjointed Spoon, 2002
Game Hunting in North America / October 10 – 15, 2021
Much of my work is based on exploration and experimentation and this piece is no exception. It is largely, and surprisingly, a lathe turned object. It is a variation of an inside out turning although consisting of two pieces rather than four. There is some carving involved as well. During my teaching years at Bucks County Community College in Newtown PA, I would use carving a spoon in the curriculum. It is an intimate object that allows for a lot of creativity and is not subject to the many processes that furniture making requires.
Mark Sfirri received his BFA and MFA in furniture design at Rhode Island School of Design. He works mostly in wood and incorporates lathe-turned forms, often turned on multiple axes, in his work. He has lectured and demonstrated his techniques throughout North America, Europe, Australia, and New Zealand. His work is included in the permanent collections of twenty-eight public institutions.
Sfirri is professor emeritus at Bucks County Community College in Pennsylvania where he ran the Fine Woodworking Program from 1981 to 2017. He has received two national awards: the “Distinguished Educator Award” in 2010 from the Renwick Alliance of the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian Institutions and, in 2012, the “Lifetime Achievement Award” from the Collectors of Wood Art.