Not currently on display at the V&A

Inner Rimmed Vessel

Vessel
2006 (turning)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

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.


object details
Category
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Turned and carved ebonised oak
Brief Description
Ebonised and carved turned oak vessel, made by Liam Flynn, Ireland, 2006
Physical Description
Turned and carved ebonised oak vessel
Dimensions
  • Height: 34cm
  • Diameter: 20cm
Production typeUnique
Marks and Inscriptions
'06ER#18' (Inscription on base)
Credit line
Given by The Grace Barrand Design Centre
Summary
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.
Bibliographic Reference
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].
Collection
Accession Number
W.32-2008

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record createdJuly 8, 2008
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