2007 INTERNATIONAL TURNING EXCHANGE (ITE)
ARTIST BIOS / STATEMENTS
Elisabeth is currently the
Curator of American Modern and Contemporary Crafts and Decorative Arts at
the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
comes to the Museum from the Carnegie Museum of Art in
where since 1996 she served as a curatorial assistant, assistant curator and
most recently as an associate curator in the decorative arts department,
developing and coordinating special exhibitions and presenting lectures and
gallery talks. She is eager to try her hand at wood turning in the interest of
fully appreciating the work and value of creating art in wood. It also gives
her an opportunity to further link the history of craft with the contemporary
work that utilizes traditional techniques.
studying management, Jean-Francois learned the trade of wood turning, and went
on to work as a turner with a focus on production. From 1990, after training with diverse
artists, he also began to exhibit individual items in ceramics and glass. The
French Association of Wood-Turning Art (AFTAB) encouraged him to stop working
on wood turning production to focus on the creation of individual items too.
Since then, he has explored the possibilities created by repeating the same
bowl in two or three materials to see the contrast in materials, textures and
Peter Harrison [Furniture Maker]
Bio: Peter Harrison was born in 1973 and grew up in
New York City. He graduated with a BFA from the
woodworking and furniture design program at RIT in 1996. Since then he has
maintained a full time
studio in the
small mountain-top town of
NY from where he exhibits his work nationally. His work has developed from
one-of-a-kind furniture, to sculpture, to his present line of handmade limited
forward to the ITE as "an exciting opportunity for me to explore my creativity
in a group environment." His goal for the residency is to gain a better
understanding of himself while discovering new directions and expanding his
vocabulary as an artist.
Bio: Sean creates his wood art against the backdrop of the
Oregon coast. The current
small-scale work is the result of ten years of refining his craft in the
solitude of his shop. Many of the small scale intricate sculptures are designed
to be displayed in a number of ways evoking different looks simply by the way
they are displayed. The abstract quality of his work seeks to draw a different
reaction from each viewer.
long dreamed of participating in the ITE program. He looks forward to seeking
new directions for his work and discussing ideas with fellow artists.
Siegfried Schreiber [Artist]
Bio: Siegfried Schreiber worked at a
wood-working company before earning a degree in education. For decades, he taught elementary, junior high
and vocational college. In 1990, he retired
from teaching to pursue a full-time career in wood art. Siegfried spends about
five years working on each object; he performs one step at a time, letting the
piece rest in between steps to prevent it from cracking.
Bio: Lynne is a full-time
professional wood turner who used to be a professional editor and writer. Her
most recent book is Poetry from Sojourner: A Feminist Anthology, with
she co-edited with Ruth Lepson (
2004). She applied for the ITE residency because she wants to explore with
other turners, in depth, different approaches to making art. She looks
forward to learning and playing and collaborating with her fellow