As a craftsperson I am driven by the subconscious and
perpetual desire to make. With “24” it was my goal to create an object that
demonstrated a masterful control over my materials. I started with rings of oak
surrounding a ring of steel, with the intention of suspending material in the
I wanted the juxtaposition of materials to highlight the
man-made versus the natural. And by creating a complex structure of bent wood
around that, I would demonstrate mastery over the material. However, I quickly
began to realize that my demonstration of mastery did not need to be an
ostentatious display of skill. It should be simple and refined.
Though I had constructed the structures together with the
intentions of keeping them separate, after examining their relationships, I was
compelled to bring them together, bending two wood rings on the outer and inner
rims. My demonstration of mastery was to exist in simple gestures.