© James Thurman

Contact: james.thurman@unt.edu

Graphics by Triple Threat Press


This piece was inspired by a call for entry by the AAW (American Association of Woodturners) on the theme of “Balance.” The spun copper round-bottomed vessel balances in the center of a multi-axis rippled Thurmanite baseplate. The Thurmanite (a composite I developed made of layers of recycled paper) is made from an atlas, representing cumulative layers of travel and experiences in our life. The intersecting ripples cutting through the layers signify the impact of significant life experiences and how they change us and our perception of our personal histories. The copper vessel represents our sense of self amidst these moments in our lives, a hard protective exterior with a precious luminous gold interior spirit.