Artist of the Day / Jerry Smith

I have to admit that until I saw Jerry Smith’s work, I hadn’t thought of wood turning as an art form.  Or thought about it much at all, really.  So, I was just stunned by the beauty of what he ‘turns out’.  (Get it?)   The wood all comes from his property in West Virginia, and he seems to know every fallen tree there.

“This goblet was turned from a black walnut tree that grew in the shade of other large trees and never had the chance to grow to its full potential.”


About destructivetesting

I'm a self-taught artist who prefers to use found objects in ways that were never intended. I'm not interested in making 10 or 100 of the same object. This, of course, takes more time to make each piece. I also prefer a more minimalist look, where each part of a piece can be appreciated. I consider my clocks to be small sculptures with moving parts. And, my lamps to be small sculptures with light. My mirrors are reflective sculptures. DESTRUCTIVE TESTING means to push something to it's limits to understand it's structural performance or material behavior under different stresses. I interpret this in my artwork as using materials in different ways or combinations than they were designed to be used. I also just like the slightly ominous sound of the term...
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1 Response to Artist of the Day / Jerry Smith

  1. barbaraelka says:

    I like his work…

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