Maker of the Week - Michael Bauermeister

Tuesday 10 April 2012

Michael makes sculptural wooden vessels using a set of techniques that he has developed that allow him unlimited possibilities of scale, form, texture and colour. Some of his methods come from his background as a furniture-builder. These include extensive use of the bandsaw and the lamination process which is the starting point for many of Michael's pieces: "From the discipline of woodturning I have adapted traditional and not-so-traditional lathe techniques to shape my vessels. And from my training as a sculptor I bring carving gouges and their modern, power tool equivalents, along with painting and finishing skills," he says.

Wood has become Michael's voice and his language. Over years spent making things both useful and useless out of wood the physical work of sawing, carving, turning, and polishing has become his contemplation. In Michael's words, the real effort is in figuring out what to make next. Sometimes the wood itself makes a suggestion. Sometimes he works just to keep his hands occupied. And sometimes it all comes together into a kind of wooden poem.

Images, from top to bottom:

1. 'Winter Sky,' linden, tinted lacquer, 40 x 40in

2. 'Twist and Turn,' linden, tinted lacquer, 62 x 16 x 16in

3. 'Twisted Pierced vessels,' 58 x 13 x 13 and 68 x 15 x 15, maple and walnut

4. 'Tree Stone,' walnut, 24 x 33 x 8

5. 'Leafy Urn,' linden, tinted lacquer, 72 x 20 x 20

6. 'Curtain of the Trees,' linden with paint, 45 x 44 (PHOTOGRAPHS BY MICHAEL BAUERMEISTER)