Ronald E. Kent | Translucent Wood Bowl
Ronald E. Kent
|Biography Statement Ask the Artist|
|Ron Kent runs his own investment company in Hawaii, and turns bowls as a sideline. He began woodworking quite by chance.|
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His work is in the permanent collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, the Louvre (Musée des Arts Decoratif), the Bishop Museum of the Honolulu Academy of Arts, and the High Museum of Art in Atlanta.
He has presented his works to the Pope-- and to three Presidents and two Supreme Court Justices, as well as Emperor Akihito, of Japan.
For Ron Kent, the danger of coming close to the edge--courting disaster--is part and parcel of his art:
He adds these thoughts about the process of making bowls:
"The overwhelming first concern in all of my work is aesthetic. My challenge with each new log is first to uncover the natural beauty of the wood. then I seek the most appealing silhouette that best interacts with grain, knots and coloration.
"Of course, I constantly explore NEW profiles and formats, but always with the conviction that 'originality' and technical virtuousity are important only if and as they enhance the natural beauty of the wood."
Where do you get the ideas for your work?
Do you work alone on your craft, or with others?
Do you ever teach, or take on apprentices?
What's the most exciting part of creating your works?
What's the most difficult part of creating your works?
How long does it generally take you to make a bowl?
What sort of technology do you use in your work? Has the technology of your craft changed dramatically over the past 100 years?
Do you have any advice for somebody just starting out?
Can you share a "secret of the trade" with us--something nobody else knows or that you found out only after years of experience? Put another way--what do you wish somebody had told you when you were just starting out that might have saved you hours of wasted effort?
What are we missing by experiencing your work through the Internet and not seeing/hearing/feeling/smelling/touching it in person?
|John Jordan||Ellen Kochansky|