Owen LOWE

My interest in woodturning and creating three-dimensional forms began in 1998 when I left behind my fourteen years as a commercial photographer and become a stay-at-home dad for newborn daughter, Amy. During her baby years, I took up turning as a creative outlet and to while away the nap times of her babyhood. With crib monitor close at hand, I spent many, many hours turning wood on the lathe. These early years gave me the gift of time to develop my hand & eye skills for turned form.

When Amy began attending elementary school, I did too. A couple years of classroom volunteering led to becoming an Instructional Assistant working with kindergarteners to 5th graders to help develop and strengthen their literacy and mathematics skills. Calling it work when I so enjoy the children is a contrast of concepts. I continue to turn every chance I get - after school, snow days, and holiday breaks.

Sensitivity to composition, shape, and balance has been the underpinning of both my photography and woodworking. An integral part of this sensitivity is incorporating contrasts into the work. Many pieces have multiple contrasting elements: tonality; lines of form; and choice of materials. The contrast though, must be in balance - yin and yang, if you will. Should one element overpower the others, all subtlety and cohesiveness of the piece’s voice is lost. By integrating contrast into a piece, I strive to generate a bit of tension in the work but convey overall balance and peace.