Wednesday, December 4, 2019

The Art of Giving

Apple Scoop by Rick & Georgianne
The Wood Symphony Gallery is currently presenting their The Art of Giving exhibition. Larisa Safaryan curated the show and has featured pieces created by both prominent and emerging artists from across the United States, Canada, Italy, France, Ireland, Germany, UK, South Korea, Japan and as far away as Australia. She chose to showcase pieces in the exhibit that can be gifted for the upcoming holiday season "to spread cheer." I think she did a wonderful job of choosing pieces that bring a smile to my face. Anyway, the gallery has included works in various media, such as wood, ceramics, metal, and mixed media. Two wooden spoons, hand carved by my husband wonderful Rick Jackofsky, and woodburned by me,  are in the exhibit. One spoon is fashioned from a very old apple tree from upstate New York , and the other is from our rhododendron out front. Check the exhibit out! And have a wonderful holiday season.

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Solar Flare(s)

The annual AAW auction has come and gone. It's always exciting to hear the bidding, although I tend to hold my breath while it's happening. Mojave sold for $850. I'm happy with that.

Solar Flare
One of my newer pieces is Solar Flare #2. I did the original Solar Flare a few months back for mine & Mike's Turned and Burned exhibit. It garnered enough attention that I was asked to do a slightly larger version. Having run out of ideas for names, Mike chose to simply call it Solar Flare #2. Doing pyrography on these pieces was a challenge because I'm so used to burning designs on bowls now that a flat surface gave me pause. For these "board bowls" I still had that central bowl, but what to do with the larger flat surface all around?

The first time Mike sent one of these pieces to me, I stared at it for quite a while, put it away, brought it out to stare at it some more, put it away, brought it out ... I needed to find a way to bring the two disparate parts together into one of unity. Mike said it's incredibly difficult to shape the bowl in the middle of the board. It's all of a piece, not two separate pieces glued together, so he needs to shape this perfect bowl that seemingly floats in the middle of a large plane. It takes some patience and care for him to get it perfect. For me, though, it was an odd juxtaposition of shapes that left me questioning why you would want a bowl in the center of this expanse of flatness.

Solar Flare #2
Since I don't plan things in advance -- sometimes I think it's due to a lack of patience -- I decided to tackle the central bowl first and do what I like to do best: creating circular rows of varying design elements. Then I hit the flat surface and panicked. Now what!? What could I burn that would add value to the design on the bowl? What I burned on the flat part needed to of equal importance or it would look unbalanced. I'm never sure if the choices I make are good or bad, just that I try to let the piece dictate where it wants to go. Sometimes when I'm done I'll think, oops, shouldn't have done that, wrong direction. Or I might think, well, that came out okay. I'm hoping I managed to create pieces that have unity and are balanced, that no one design element detracts from the whole but holds its own visually, contributing to the overall design.

Thursday, June 27, 2019

AAW Premier Wood Auction

Mojave will be in the AAW auction on night one, July 12th

One of mine and Mike’s collaborative pieces, Mojave, will be in the AAW (American Association of Woodturners) Premier Wood Auction taking place on July 12, 2019. (There is a second auction on the 13th, which we do not have anything in, but does have some wonderful pieces.) You can go to the AAW Web site now and place a bid, but the live auctions take place during the AAW’s 33rd Annual Woodturning Symposium being held in Raleigh, North Carolina. The symposium runs July 11-14, 2019. The live auction we're in starts at 7:00 pm EDT on July 12th. Be sure to tune in live! Bid on any of the pieces you like, or just enjoy the experience of seeing some wonderful woodturned art.

Mojave, top view
Mojave is a box elder hollow form bowl that Mike turned and which has my pyrographic designs on it. The piece is 3 x 4 x 4 inches. Mojave is one of my favorite pieces. Sometimes when I finish a piece I think, oh, I could have done better, but I was very happy when I completed this. Always a nice feeling!

All the pieces in these auctions are original and created by hand. If you decide to bid -- and win the bid -- it supports AAW and POP (Professional Outreach Program) educational and outreach programs, as well as the artists who created the work. There are so many pieces I like that all I can say is go look at them.

Mike and I have been in the AAW's auction for several years now and it's always fun, interesting, and nerve-racking when our pieces take their turn on the auction block.

And if you happen to make your way to the event itself, down in Raleigh, NC, Mike will be giving three demos on making hollow forms, and will be one of several reviewing critics at the symposium with whom you can get a critique of your work, preregistration required.

Sunday, March 3, 2019

Turned and Burned

Mike and Georgianne Jackofsky: A Two-Person Exhibition

Rocky Point, maple burl
Exciting news! Mike and I have a "solo" show with the Wood Symphony Gallery, although that seems a misnomer since there are two of us in the show. It was originally to be a show of just our collaboration pieces, but since we were offered a date so close it became pretty much a split between pieces Mike did alone and pieces he turned that have my pyrography on them. I couldn't burn enough pieces in the time we had to get ready. I have a tendency to get caught up in a lot of detail, and I also love to vary my shading, which takes quite a lot of time as I start light and build up in order to get all the varying shades of color. Hence it went from a "solo" show to a two-person exhibition. But that's okay, because the pieces Mike has included in this show are truly awesome. He specializes in hollow vessels, made from unique burls with thin walls and tiny openings, but for this show he also included some natural edge open bowls, some hollow forms with wings (a few of which I also burned on), and some sculptural forms. I particularly like his olive burl vessel.

Patera, olive wood
Mike is the "turned" part of the title, and I'm the "burned" half! I enjoyed doing pyrography on some of the pieces for this show since they weren't all round bowls, and I even made a copper stand for one of the pieces (Rocky Point, above). I also have to mention that Rick carved an olive wood bowl for me to burn on, which is included in the show. I really sweated over what to burn on that because I wanted to make the design special. The exhibit runs from March 8 - 20, 2019. Click here: Turned & Burned.

Mojave, box elder