Method: Sourced from a neighbouring village, this oak piece has been turned on a lathe from green wood to approximately 1mm thickness. Once finished, the piece was left to dry naturally, allowing the piece to find its form before brushing, dying and finishing with wax. The uneven form speaks of the form of the tree from which it came whilst the surface tells the story of the life of the tree through the patterning of the growth rings. Mark-making further enhances the story of the wood.
Care: These pieces are largely sculptural and should be handled with care and kept away from sources of direct sunlight and heat. Each piece has a protective finish. They should not be washed, but wiped clean with a damp cloth from time to time to remove dust.
Perhaps most distinctive about this bowl form is what isn’t there – a large portion of the vessel appears to be missing. This uneven quality in fact speaks to the natural form of the wood. By looking at the irregular edges and the meandering indentations, the story of the wood becomes manifest.
About the Artist
Jayne Armstrong is an artist and maker in wood. Jayne works primarily in fresh, green wood to explore the sculptural and aesthetic possibilities of a material that moves and changes shape as it dries. Her work is intended to play with the boundary between sculpture and function and to challenge expectations of the material itself. The resulting forms are fluid, undulating and frequently monochromatic in tone.
Jayne’s background as an academic within the field of cultural studies informs and underpins her approach to her work. Her work is experimental and exploratory, drawing from art history, design history and philosophy. She describes her work as a dialogue between material, concept, technology and technique.