As a child, Kathleen was introduced to woodturning by her father. She was fascinated as chips flew off the spinning wood. It wasn’t until after his death that she first attempted, rather unsuccessfully at first, to turn something on the lathe she’d inherited from him.
“Many of the woods I use are from trees that have been cut down due to disease or to make way for construction. This is wood that would otherwise be burned or end up in a landfill.
To me, it is exciting to find the hidden beauty in a chunk of wood. Even a very plain piece of wood offers design opportunities. When working with plain woods, I often enhance the wood by carving or burning. My carved and burned designs mimic textures and patterns found in nature.
Each piece I turn has to have a balance between touch, shape, proportion, and any embellishments. I have recently started turning very thin (2mm) bowls and piercing a design into them with a high speed dental drill.Much as I enjoy turning by myself, what gives me the greatest satisfaction is showing children the magic of woodturning when the Guild appears in shows around the area.”
Kathleen often demonstrates woodturning for the Guild at events such as Art in the Pearl, the Vancouver Recycled Arts Festival, the Cark County Open Studios Tour, and the Gathering of the Guilds. In 2015, she was elected to the Board of Directors of the American Association of Woodturners. Her work is available in several local galleries.
INVITATIONAL SHOWS & EXHIBITS:
Broadway Gallery Longview, WA – 2019 Featured Guest Artist
Clark County Open Studio Tours – 2018, 2017, 2015, 2014
“From the Roots Up” 510 Museum and ARTspace, Lake Oswego, Oregon – 2016
Battle Ground Art Alliance Battle Ground, WA – 2018 Guest Speaker
Artistry in Wood Boise, ID – 2018 Juror
Angst Gallery Vancouver, WA – 2014
ANNUAL SHOWS & EXHIBITS
Gathering of the Guilds Portland, Oregon – Annually in April/May
Vancouver Recycled Art Show Vancouver, Washington – Annually in June
Art in the Pearl Invited Demo Artist with the Pacific Northwest Woodturning Guild, Labor Day Weekend
Woodturners of Olympia Olympia, WA – 2018
Southwest Idaho Woodturners Boise, ID – 2018
Huron Valley Woodturners Ann Arbor, MI – 2017
Greater Vancouver Woodturners Guild Vancouver, BC – 2017
Olympic Peninsula Chapter Bremerton, WA – 2017
Cascade Woodturners Portland, OR – 2017
Willamette Valley Woodturners Salem, OR – 2016
Beaver State Woodturners Coburg, OR – 2016
Southwest Washington Woodturners Vancouver, WA – 2016