20 Minutes With Emmet Kane archive

Tuesday 16 March 2010

Tegan Foley speaks to Irish self taught woodturner Emmet Kane about his exploration of form and texture


1. Your work has been described as beautiful, shocking, wacky, and certainly you have an eclectic mix incorporating other media, from small to massive in size. What drives you to create the pieces you make?

What drives me to create pieces is the belief that there is no such word as ‘can’t.’ I believe everything is possible, if you try. My work is always evolving and I love the challenge of making work from 100mm (4in) to 1,200mm (4ft) in size. I have never drawn or planned out what I hope to make on paper, and as I say, if I did and made a mistake, I would know!

2. If you could invite anyone in the world to an afternoon of turning with you, who would it be, and why?

I admire many people in the world of politics, business and the creative arts and the person I would like to spend the afternoon with is Paul Hewson (Bono) of U2. He is a wonderful creative person and also a voice for justice around the world.

3. What are you trying to achieve with your work at the moment?

At the moment I am trying to push and break the boundaries of woodturning in scale and incorporate other media into my pieces. I think I have achieved this with a very successful exhibition in Dublin recently, and I hope the work will live on

4. What is your current pet hate, and your current like?

I find that woodturning over the last few years has improved in many ways but I have a big pet hate with the lack of attraction to the raw material we use, i.e. wood. I sometimes see turners using and finishing the wood as if it were plastic. What is great about woodturning is that most of the people involved around the world are so open, giving and welcome. I have made life-long friends from all around the world through woodturning

5. If you could change one thing relating to turning, what would it be, and why?

There are many things that I would like to change about woodturning, or are there?! I wish that woodturners would stop and think about what they are doing, or trying to do. I have noted over the years that many are afraid to let there imagination flow

6. With regards to your career what regrets do you have, if any?

I have no regrets with my career to date

7. Who are the turners you most admire, and why?

I admire many turners in the woodturning world and I have been privileged to meet lots of wonderful turners – from hobbyists to professionals – like David Ellsworth, Ray Key, Jacques Vesery, Alain Mailland and Bert Marsh. All of whom are true gentlemen and are very generous in sharing their skills

8. What book and what music are you into at the moment?

I don’t listen to much music but I am an avid talk radio listener. I listen to stations all over the world and read autobiographies on art, craft and history books

9. Where do you see yourself in three years’ time?

In three years’ time I hope that I will be talking to the Editor again after a successful event that is currently in the planning stages. Keep watching this space

10. What do you think the future holds for turning?

I know the future of turning is very good and hope one day soon that people will be able to get a three-level degree in turning

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Emmet in his workshop with one of his bowl forms