Method: Sourced from a neighbouring village, this oak piece has been turned on a lathe from green wood. Once finished, the piece was left to dry naturally, allowing the piece to find its form. Once dry and stable, the piece was painted with a mixture of steel wool and vinegar which reacts with the tannins in the oak to change its natural colour. A final process of brushing, then waxing completes the piece.
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.
This pod form exists somewhere between cup and bowl; with no solid base, it revolves and dances freely. The surface displays various shades of brown, from a rich tawny to a dark mocha, a result of the artist’s use of vinegar to create a chemical reaction with the oak.
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.