Corey Anderson presents his stunning portfolio of carved wood, and talks about his experiences.
ABI: How did you start creating your signature sculptural wood bowls?
CA: Fourteen years ago, I had the opportunity to enjoy a weekend demonstration of the wood turning skills of Graeme Priddle of New Zealand. During the demonstration Graeme used four techniques. The first technique using the wood lathe to produce the basic shape he was creating. Secondly, he used carving to enhance the piece. Thirdly, he used a wood burning/branding unit to give the piece more detail and lastly, he used color to set off the various surface and give depth to the piece.
I was searching for my own voice. I wanted to take the techniques I saw and bring them to my own pieces. I was driving home from work one day, going past a beautiful reservoir, as the early Falll trees in Connecticut were beginning to turn colors. It came to me that trees always wanted to be trees and I had this idea to turn wooden bowls, using all four of the techniques I saw and allow them to always be trees. Since then I have been creating forests of trees in wooden pieces.
ABI: What benefits do you find from belonging to groups in the woodturning community?
CA: I have found huge benefits from being part of the woodturning community. I belong to the woodturning group Central Connecticut Woodturners. This is a group of men and women actively practicing their craft. I have found them to be extremely generous people.
They are constantly producing pieces of their work and willing to share the techniques and skills they used to create the piece. I have also been on the Board of Directors of the American Association of Woodturners. One of the main activities of the AAW is to present a National/International Symposium to showcase many talented wood artists from around the world. The Symposium is an educational experience to promote the most skills and creative inclinations of wood artists.
ABI: Tell us about your trunk show experiences.
CA: I have the opportunity to participate in two trunk shows. I was invited to display my pieces at the Silvermine Art Center in New Caanan, Connecticut. I was one of six artists coming together for a one-day show in the gallery, and represented wood as a medium. There was a glass artist, a fabric artist, and woven fiber artist, a found item artist, and a mixed media artist. It is a very busy day and a profitable day for both the artists and Art Center.
ABI: What have you gained by teaching woodturning and other classes?
CA: I have the most wonderful time teaching classes. The two main classes I teach are a basic or introductory class and a specialized class in turning lidded wooden boxes. I primarily teach classes at a Connecticut Valley School of Woodworking. The classes are maximum students of eight. The make-up of the classes generally is two-thirds men and one-third women.
Many of the students had some kind of woodturning experience when they were in High School and now as they look at retirement, they want to renew their skills. I find that teaching classes has significantly improved my skills by observing others working with the tools and wood lathe.