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Vessel - Inner Rimmed Vessel

Inner Rimmed Vessel

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Ireland (country) (turning)

  • Date:

    2006 (turning)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Flynn, Liam (turners (woodworkers))

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Turned and carved ebonised oak

  • Credit Line:

    Given by The Grace Barrand Design Centre

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Since the 1980s the craft of turning wood on a lathe by hand has been used less for making parts of furniture or architectural fittings, such as chair legs or balusters, and more to explore the expressive potential of the medium and materials. Liam Flynn is arguably the most prominent active Irish turner. His work is part of the classic tradition of turning that favours simple forms derived ultimately from Modernist sculpture, and a desire to exploit the inherent characteristics of wood. The consistently thin wall demonstrates the turner's control of his process. The ebonized (blackened) surface and carved pattern help to give more definition to the contours produced by the lathe turning, while not obliterating the material presence of the oak from which it is made.

Physical description

Turned and carved ebonised oak vessel

Place of Origin

Ireland (country) (turning)


2006 (turning)


Flynn, Liam (turners (woodworkers))

Materials and Techniques

Turned and carved ebonised oak

Marks and inscriptions

Inscription on base


Height: 34 cm, Diameter: 20 cm

Descriptive line

Ebonised and carved turned oak vessel, made by Liam Flynn, Ireland, 2006

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

New Masters of Woodturning (Fox Chapel publishing)

Adamson, Glenn, ‘Filling a Gap: Recent acquisitions of turned wood at the V&A’, V&A Online Journal, No.2, Autumn 2009, http://www.vam.ac.uk/content/journals/research-journal/issue-02/filling-a-gap-recent-acquisitions-of-turned-wood-at-the-v-and-a/ [accessed 24/02/2016].




Turning; Carving; Ebonising



Production Type



Furniture and Woodwork Collection

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