Turnabout: Women at the Lathe

August 7 – October 10, 2018 | Jerry Drown Wood Studio Gallery

Sally Burnett

Turnabout: Women at the Lathe is the first exhibition organized and funded by the Women in Turning (WIT) committee of the American Association of Woodturners (AAW). Reflecting our membership, we created a blended invitational and juried show that celebrates both known and unknown voices in our field. The twenty-seven sculptural pieces in the exhibition were created by women artists from the United States, England, Wales, Canada, and Taiwan, ranging in age from their early twenties to their 80s.

The work in the show is created all or in part on the lathe, a specialized woodworking machine that holds and spins material while it is carved with sharp tools. The exhibition features work by women with anything from a few years of experience to more than three decades of turning.

Though women have been turning wood for generations, their participation in this mostly male-dominated arena has been relatively sparse. Women in Turning was formed to encourage and assist women in their pursuit of turning, to facilitate the sharing of ideas and processes to further members’ skills and creativity, and to increase the participation of women in the field of woodturning. We are in the middle of a sea change, with more and more women interested in crafts that were once considered men’s territory, and woodturning is no exception. Shops and courses are opening across the nation, providing instruction and community for women and non-binary makers in a supportive atmosphere.

Louise Hibbert

A traveling show, Turnabout: Women at the Lathe will be featured at three distinctly different venues: the Appalachian Center for Craft, part of the School of Art, Craft & Design at Tennessee Tech University; the American Association of Woodturners’ Gallery of Wood Art; and Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in Gatlinburg, Tennessee.

It is our hope that through this exhibition more women will think of turning as possible for themselves, and discover the many pleasures of this extraordinary craft and art form.


Tib Shaw, AAW curator
Dixie Biggs and Sharon Doughtie, artist curators

Participating artists: Katie Adams, Donna Zils Banfield, Dixie Biggs, Kailee Bosch, Sally Burnett, Marilyn Campbell, Martha Collins, Barbara Dill, Sharon Doughtie, Jeanne Douphrate, Ena Dubnoff, Melissa Engler, Diana Friend, Louise Hibbert, Liz Kent, Janice Levi, Kristin LeVier, Grace Parliman, Tania Radda, Betty Scarpino, Hayley Smith, Janine Wang, Kimberly Winkle, Helga Winter, Andi Wolfe, Cindy Pei-Si Young

Featured image: Grabbable Table by Janine Wang

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