Melvin Lindquist, born Kingsburg, CA 1911-died Quincy, FL 2000 Search this
spalted maple burl
11 5/8 x 14 in. (29.6 x 35.6 cm) diam.
Luce Center Label:
Melvin Lindquist was ridiculed by other woodworkers when he first turned bowls with natural edges, splits, and defects. Many people have since followed in his footsteps, and the "natural form" is a common starting point for modern wood artists. Lindquist revolutionized the aesthetics of turning with his spalted vessels and together with his son, Mark, developed tools specifically for working with these irregular forms.
Luce Object Quote:
"For me, turning a bowl is like struggling to climb a very difficult mountain, but finally receiving the reward once I've reached the top." Melvin Lindquist, 1985
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Jane and Arthur K. Mason on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the Renwick Gallery