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Artist Nish, Dale
Title Nagare Bowl
Date 1981/ /
Home Location Mezz., Collection Area - S2
Material Wormy ash
Height (in) 5.25
Width (in) 13.5
Diameter (in) 13
Credit line The Center for Art in Wood Museum Collection, Donated by Albert and Tina LeCoff
Accession Number 2012.09.01.014G
Object ID Number 2012.09.01.014
Object Number OBJ 1003
Category 4: T&E For Materials
Signed Name Dale L. Nish
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Inscription Text Dale L. Nish; Ash; 1981
Notes Glenn Adamson with Albert LeCoff
After seeing David Ellsworth and Mark Lindquist using of decayed and otherwise damaged material, Dale Nish (jokingly, at first) decided to make a piece of thoroughly rotten wood. He settled on ash which had been eaten by boring insects, and then turned and sandblasted it into a non-functional, but surprisingly beautiful surface in which holes course along the grain lines in the wood. Gratified with these results, he went on to work consistently with borer-riddled ash, calling the pieces nagare (Japanese for "drifting"). Perhaps more than any other turner, he has become widely identified with his particular material. For Nish, the move away from traditional, functional objects translated directly into acceptance into the craft galleries and museums. This piece is particularly effective because the wood is only half worm-eaten, so that the impact of the decay on the material is easily understood.
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Sub-category Food Service T&E