Method: Hand-turned on a lathe, using a range of gouges
Handcrafted by Jayne Armstrong, this hollow vessel is made from beech, locally sourced from her friends and neighbours. Armstrong is drawn to spalting in wood and finds beauty in the process of decay caused by white-rot decay fungi. The black markings are caused by the fungi, resulting in beautiful monochromatic lines. This piece references a sense of fleeting nature of life, as well as touching on a sense of melancholy.
Sculptural: wipe with a damp cloth to clean; keep away from direct heat sources
About the Artist:
Jayne Armstrong is an artist and maker in wood. Jayne works primarily in fresh, green wood to explore the sculptural and aesthetic possibilities of a material that moves and changes shape as it dries. Her work is intended to play with the boundary between sculpture and function and to challenge expectations of the material itself. The resulting forms are fluid, undulating and frequently monochromatic in tone.
Jayne’s background as an academic within the field of cultural studies informs and underpins her approach to her work. Her work is experimental and exploratory, drawing from art history, design history and philosophy. She describes her work as a dialogue between material, concept, technology and technique.