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Spring Beauty Spoon – Detail


Detail from photo of Esherick’s sculpture, Spring Beauty.


The Wharton Esherick Museum presented Poplar Culture: the Celebration of a Tree, May 21-June 10, 2012 at Historic Yellow Springs. The show featured the work of more than 40 contemporary woodworkers honoring Wharton Esherick with pieces crafted from a single tulip poplar tree that stood outside Esherick’s studio door. I was given 3 small limbs from this poplar tree. Looking at photographs of Wharton Esherick’s sculptures shown in Wharton Esherick, The Journey of a Creative Mind by Mansfield Bascom, I found three sculptures that suggested spoon forms. Each spoon’s design was an interaction of Wharton’s vision with my fixation on spoons. Added information may be found here.

Spring Beauty Spoon – Tulip Poplar - 10 x 2 x 2 - Spring Beauty is a small Esherick sculpture that depicts a very pregnant woman walking but within that vision lay the ideas for the form of this spoon.  Photography by Jim Osborn.

This spoon was part of the 2015 Instructor Exhibition at Arrowmont School of Arts & Crafts. Exhibition Dates are May 18 – August 22, 2015.


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