I make wooden & mixed-media sculptures that are turned, carved, burned and embellished, creating objects that are both functional and whimsical.
My main tool of choice in this process is the lathe, where I use multi-axis techniques to make shapes that don’t occur with regular turning practices…the drama of wood chips flying off a chunk of wood held precariously on the lathe is intoxicating to me. In addition, I almost always integrate a flame process whether it’s the subtlety of pyrography or the brute force of a propane torch before adding other materials like glass, wire, polymer clay & layers of color.
I don't define myself as creating a specific type of art beyond the fact that it is 3-dimensional & designed to have the viewer experience more than just a representational object. Even such simple items as bowls are planned & executed in order to have the viewer experience “bowl” in a different way: not simply a container for fruit or cereal, but as an extension of the spirit of the tree.
Wood’s organic nature (or the "spirit of the tree" if you will) can add an element of surprise & opportunity. Despite all planning, cracks may open up unexpectedly, bark chips off, or an inclusion appears when the wood is carved. All of these force me to adapt continually & to see possibilities in potential disaster. Since nearly 100% of the wood I use is green (freshly cut) & local, I have plenty of opportunity to play with those possibilities since green wood will warp & crack until it stabilizes. Also, my practice is environmentally sound as this wood is normally relegated to the dump as garbage.
I believe that art should be easily accessible to anyone who has an interest. To that end, I teach classes and participate in public demonstrations and community outreach projects in the Los Angeles area. No artist ever exists in a vacuum or without mentorship & it is my pleasure to share what I have learned from my guides.
More of my work can be seen at: http://SandyHuse.com