Shin Rin Yoku Gallery

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  Decomposing Hollow    Inspired by an insect-bored tree stump I came across while on a forest trek.  The irregular hole patterns and tunnels were very fascinating.  Light, shadows and texture all interacted as the sun set that day in the woods.   This is a design that I definitely will be experimenting with more.  The creation process is very lengthy, and each step must have very precise timing.   I sculpt the sides to create a multi-layer effect so that as the piece is turned, light catches in the holes and creates organic shadow play.   Layers of texturing and sculpting envelop the exterior, while the inside is lusciously smooth. 

Decomposing Hollow

Inspired by an insect-bored tree stump I came across while on a forest trek.  The irregular hole patterns and tunnels were very fascinating.  Light, shadows and texture all interacted as the sun set that day in the woods.   This is a design that I definitely will be experimenting with more.  The creation process is very lengthy, and each step must have very precise timing.   I sculpt the sides to create a multi-layer effect so that as the piece is turned, light catches in the holes and creates organic shadow play.   Layers of texturing and sculpting envelop the exterior, while the inside is lusciously smooth. 


 Wild Blueberries  Foraging for blueberries and other wild growing edibles, is always rewarding to both spirit and stomach.  I try to be mindful when in the wild, not forgetting to leave some for other creatures and to also encourage new growth. 

Wild Blueberries

Foraging for blueberries and other wild growing edibles, is always rewarding to both spirit and stomach.  I try to be mindful when in the wild, not forgetting to leave some for other creatures and to also encourage new growth. 

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Oak Sprouts

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  Gnarled Root Decay    Beetle-bored and twisted, this large oval dish was created to resemble old, tangled tree roots.  I love to fully sculpt pieces so that when turned or placed in a different way, new details are revealed.  

Gnarled Root Decay

Beetle-bored and twisted, this large oval dish was created to resemble old, tangled tree roots.  I love to fully sculpt pieces so that when turned or placed in a different way, new details are revealed.  


Crawlers

  Patiently Awaiting-Praying Mantis

Patiently Awaiting-Praying Mantis

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Mushrooms

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Sculpture Bowls

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 Oak Leaves and Acorns  Dendrology, the study of trees, influences my work to a great extent.  I am most inspired by the forest floor. Future trees are scattered among decomposing matter.  I love creating realistic still life scenes that hold the idea that perhaps if you blink the scene may change.  The acorn may start to sprout, a breeze may pick up the leaf and carry it away.  Showing potential or past movement is a goal to ponder while placing sculptures on lids. 

Oak Leaves and Acorns

Dendrology, the study of trees, influences my work to a great extent.  I am most inspired by the forest floor. Future trees are scattered among decomposing matter.  I love creating realistic still life scenes that hold the idea that perhaps if you blink the scene may change.  The acorn may start to sprout, a breeze may pick up the leaf and carry it away.  Showing potential or past movement is a goal to ponder while placing sculptures on lids. 

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  Shou Sugi Ban   Inspired predominantly by the remains of forest fires and by the art of wood surface burning, "charred" pieces are creeping more into my inventory.   The edition of a little green lichen brings the idea of hope to the burned forest.  Fresh life is starting to grow again and may even be nourished by the decomposing host. 

Shou Sugi Ban

Inspired predominantly by the remains of forest fires and by the art of wood surface burning, "charred" pieces are creeping more into my inventory.   The edition of a little green lichen brings the idea of hope to the burned forest.  Fresh life is starting to grow again and may even be nourished by the decomposing host. 


Lichen

  Cladonia Fimbriata - Trumpet Lichen   One of my favorite lichens to find in the woods.  Lichen is always a sign of a healthy environment.  Their smell is clean and peaceful.  

Cladonia Fimbriata - Trumpet Lichen

One of my favorite lichens to find in the woods.  Lichen is always a sign of a healthy environment.  Their smell is clean and peaceful.  

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Ginkgo Leaves

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Forest Remnants

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Trays

  Peels of Bark   Finding long peels of tree bark along the trail inspired these dishes.  I use only food safe glazes so these trays can be used to serve hors d'oeuvres by placing foods inside or by displaying special dainties along the textured back.  I also line these with tealights to create a unique display down the center of a table or mantle. 

Peels of Bark

Finding long peels of tree bark along the trail inspired these dishes.  I use only food safe glazes so these trays can be used to serve hors d'oeuvres by placing foods inside or by displaying special dainties along the textured back.  I also line these with tealights to create a unique display down the center of a table or mantle. 

Rocks

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Vases

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