Andrew Potocnik: Huon Pine Bowl
"Huon Pine Bowl"
1997. Courtesy of Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Measurements: 350mm diameter, 120 mm height
Technique: turned bowl with stained and carved feature rim.
Legs made of segmented turned forms pinned to bowl with stainless steel pins.
Andrew Potocnik: Red Gum Vessel
"Red Gum Vessel "
Measurements: 300mm long, 80mm deep, 100 mm high
Technique: turned segments joined with 5000 –year-old red gum
Andrew Potocnik: Needlewood Bowl
"Needlewood Bowl "
1997. Courtesy of Dr. Irvin Lipton, LA, USA
Measurements: 800mm long, 220 mm wide, 130 mm high
Technique: turned segments joined with Queensland Walnut
Andrew Potocnik: Chopsticks Box
1998. Courtesy of Texas State Bank Corporate Collection
Measurements: 270 mm long, 65 mm deep, 80 mm high
Technique: a box made to appear like a section of bamboo houses chopsticks that rest on delicate supports. Each chopstick is made of Red Gum tipped with white coloured Rock Maple
Andrew Potocnik: Spirit Vessel III
"Spirit Vessel III"
2002. ($1150 AUD)
Measurements: 380 mm long, 220 mm wide, 90 mm high
Technique: turned as a long torpedo-like shape, this piece was cut down its length, resulting in two vessel pieces. The inner parts were carved out and a pair of outriggers attached. The central section of the vessel was hollowed out and a cap fitted to create a container, an area to house the 'spirit'.
The third in the series of pieces that draw connections to ancient cultures where a vessel was used to symbolically transport one’s soul from one world to the next
Andrew Potocnik: Red Gum Serving Tray
"Red Gum Serving Tray"
2000. ($359 AUD)
Measurements: 300mm long, 170 mm wide, 70 mm high
Technique: intended to defy conventions I set out to create a more interesting shape that would entice the user to look at the form, not just use it. Sweeping curves and metal help present a different interpretation of this simple utensil
Andrew Potocnik: Group of Surya Boxes
"Group of Surya Boxes"
1999. ($450 AUD each)
Measurements: 200mm diameter, 65 mm high
Technique: Texturing was applied to three of these boxes to reveal the timber’s inner character. Wire brushing removed soft parts of the material, leaving harder sections raised from the surface. The plant’s structure reveals its growth and development of interesting natural patterns.
Andrew Potocnik: Xanthorrhea Surya Box
"Xanthorrhea Surya Box"
1998. Courtesy of Ronald Wornick, CA, USA
Measurements: 210mm diameter, 65 mm high
Technique: made from the base section of the hardy desert plant, the radiating ‘rays’ come from a date palm. Surya is a sun motif found in Nepal
Andrew Potocnik: Red Gum Boxes
"Red Gum Boxes"
2004. ($100 AUD)
Measurements: 90mm diameter, 50 mm high
Technique: turned and painted containers made of recycled fence posts. Painted designs draw on indigenous painting styles seen in Africa and Australia
Andrew Potocnik: Miniature Hollow Forms
"Miniature Hollow Forms"
2001. ($70 AUD each)
Measurements: 40mm diameter, 50 mm high
Technique: hollowed through a tiny opening of less than 7 mm, walls thinned to under 2 mm thickness. Difficult to make, they are a tactile delight to explore in the palm of one’s hand.
Andrew Potocnik: Polarised
2003. ($125 AUD each)
Measurements: 65 mm diameter, 85 mm high
Technique: two similar forms textured in different ways, the series of pieces explore opposites, hence the title
Andrew Potocnik: Emperor Boxes
2002. ( $135 AUD each)
Measurements: 45mm diameter, 120 mm high
Technique: inspired by forms seen in hats worn by emperors of the Ming Dynasty these boxes are turned on three separate axes. This creates three facets on the outer surfaces of the boxes.
Andrew Potocnik: Osage Orange Suspended Bowl
"Osage Orange Suspended Bowl "
1999. ($185 AUD)
Measurements: 180mm long, 180 mm wide, 95 mm high
Technique: made from one square piece of wood, the bowl is made to appear like two separate components raised on four attached legs
Andrew Potocnik: Yarra Bowl
2003. ($850 AUD)
Measurements: 320mm long, 200 mm wide, 55 mm high
Technique: inspired by the meandering path of the Yarra River, and accompanying River Red Gums that shelter it, this bowl is one in a series of pieces that reflect the area where the artist lives
Andrew Potocnik: The Search
2002. ($1400 AUD)
Measurements: 600mm long, 380 mm wide, 90 mm deep
Technique: turned, carved and burnt to create texture this piece’s full title is “The search, for truth, for self, forever”. Its spiral form invites the eye to travel inward searching for answers about existence.
As artist, I continually find inspiration to explore new directions in creating from wood, as a material that gives expression to our view of the world. I continue to explore all those wonderful qualities every piece of wood conceals, just needing a sympathetic cut to expose it to those who see it as nothing more than a renewable resource, ready to be exploited, rather than appreciated!