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Artist Saylan, Merryll
Title North Seas
Date 1988/ /
Home Location Mezz., Collection Area - side panel of cabinet J2
Material Maple, fiber-reactive dye, tung oil finish
Height (in) 2.25
Diameter (in) 20.5
Credit line The Center for Art in Wood Museum Collection, Center Purchase
Accession Number 1995.01.01.212P
Object ID Number 1995.01.01.212
Object Number OBJ 167
Category 5: T&E For Science & Technology
Signed Name Merryll Saylan
Sig Loc Engraved on back
Inscription Text Merryll Saylan Calif. Maple, 88 - 109
Notes Merryll Saylan uses rich color and texture on a flat turned wood bowl to create this moonscape turning, titled "North Seas". She is a full-time turner and teacher.

A similar one was exhibited in Wood Turning in North America Since 1930 (2001-2002)

Glenn Adamson with Albert LeCoff
In the mid-1980s, Merryll Saylan began to use dyes, bleaching and other gentle surface treatments to color the surfaces of her simply shaped wooden platters. This piece, the first of her colored and textured works, emerged from technical difficulty Saylan experienced in applying dye to a wooden surface. The sanding lines in the wood absorbed more of the dye, resulting in a scratchy looking surface. The solution to this dilemma was provided when a friend, furniture maker Gail Fredell, suggested doing something to the surface to hide the marks. This idea led to the use of carving tools, in this case a power dremel carver. What had started as a problem became an asset, as Saylan exploited the difference in the absorbencies of rough and smooth wood to create subtle color contrasts with a single dye. She also worked with the reflection of light off the wood surface by varying the direction of cuts. These techniques allow her to combine the richness and textural complexity of wood with the palette of a painter.
Sub-category Armament -- Body Armor