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Artist Fleming, Ron
Title Earth Offering
Date 1992
Home Location Mezz., Collection Area - H1
Material Buckeye burl
Height (in) 9
Width (in) 23
Depth (in) 20
Credit line The Center for Art in Wood Museum Collection, Donated by Neil and Susan Kaye
Accession Number 2012.12.11.001G
Object ID Number 2012.
Object Number OBJ 1010
Category 8: Communication Artifact
Signed Name Ron Fleming
Sig Loc Bottom
Notes Exhibited in Wood Turning in North America Since 1930 (2001-2002) (object #103) (2001)

Glenn Adamson with Albert LeCoff
Ron Fleming's work has evolved from turned vessels with carved rims to pieces in which decoration encompasses the entire form. Earth Offering developed from a series of "suspended" vessels in which a bowl is lifted up on carved leaf forms. This form is not only suspended but cantilevered, as if the smoothly polished bowl were in the process of rising from a pile of roughly textured leaves. After turning a vessel with a smooth interior and bottom, Fleming has hand-carved the exterior of the form, in some cases piercing the wall to create negative space. In executing the leaves, he tends to follow the figure of the wood so that the ornament seems to grow naturally from the material.
Sub-category Art