Create: The Mysterious Art of Wood

Stem, by Lynne Yamaguchi

"Stem," by Lynne Yamaguchi: maple burl bowl on a painted cherry pedestal

For those of you on the East Coast (specifically North Carolina), later this month several pieces of my work will be part of an exhibition called Create: The Mysterious Art of Wood, “an exhibit about the patterns and figures, the colors and textures, and the form, proportion, and spirit that all converge in each wood creation to tell a unique story.” The exhibition will run from March 25 to April 20 at Cape Fear Studios in Fayetteville, North Carolina. It will feature regional, national, and international artists, including Stuart Mortimer, Jacques Vesery, Ron Kent, Howard Schroeder, and me, of course, and will include turned objects, carved objects, boxes, furniture, even jewelry.

If you’re in the area, please check it out. The opening reception will be held Thursday, March 25th, from 6 to 9 p.m.

Facebook and general update

I have just joined Facebook, so if you are already a member, please find me and invite me to be your friend and become a fan of my page. I am new to this whole social networking thing, so please be patient with me while I learn the ropes. I joined because I’ve been hearing from many sources that social networking is the new wave of art marketing, but as a bonus, it looks like I may get to reconnect with some old friends as well. I very much look forward to that.

I also realized that I have been blogging more than I knew—just not in this blog. Instead, I have been posting updates to my home page, when I could have been doing it here instead. Realizing that will make me come here more. In addition, I will be figuring out how to integrate this blog into my Facebook activities, so there is added incentive to write more often.

I have neglected my art business this year, as I have focused on fixing up our new (to us) house. As I near the end of the major tasks, though, I find myself turning back with renewed drive. I am determined to be more disciplined on the business side of my art this year, beginning with my online presence. I am also bursting with ideas to try out on and off the lathe.

If you haven’t seen them already, here are some new-ish pieces that might hint at some of my new directions.

“Assent, Ascent”




During my last show, I sat a lot with the piece called “Offering,” and I want to share some of how I feel about it.

The vessel was born of green wood, wet, as we are. My labor was long. The hollowing took two sessions, and to keep the wood from shrinking overnight, I swaddled it in wet cloth and stored it in plastic. After the hollowing, as the wood dried, the body took on its own shape: oval, rather than round, taller than it is wide when the long lip is down. The wood (pearwood) is imperfect, a little blotchy, bruised, even. But the vessel is lovely, softly lovely. When I cup it in my hands, I feel it sing itself, quietly, out to the world, offering itself—to me, to you, to the cosmos, to God, however you may conceive that energy or entity. In turn, I offer it on a platter, on a bed of its own shavings, the remains of what it was, by-products of its passage to what it has become.