St. Clarens 14 - Maple Bowl
This turned wooden bowl is part of the "Fragile Giants" series. Each piece in this collection is made from wood originating from the same urban Manitoba Maple tree, cut down in the artist's neighbourhood on St. Clarens Ave in Toronto.
The Manitoba Maple is a very unique tree because its wood develops red colouring in places where it has been injured - the result of insects eating their way through the tree or due to external impacts, natural or manmade. Each injury leaves a red “bleeding” wound that gives us a visual sign of the tree's vulnerability.
The inside of this bowl has been scorched, and the piece has been finished with food-safe beeswax.
17 cm diameter x 15 cm height
Andreas Krätschmer is a Toronto-based wood turner.
"In my woodturning, I use locally-sourced urban wood with sometimes surprising and unique characteristics. By working with green, living wood, I allow the material to take an active part in the creative process and often reflect on the life of the material itself.
All the wounds, imperfections, cracks, warping and signs of human interaction are deliberately incorporated in my pieces to create objects that narrate their own past while living on in the cultural context of our homes. By celebrating urban wood with all its beauty, flaws, scars, fragility, and strength, I hope to deepen our connection with the artifact and the natural material from which it is made."