Merryll Saylan


In collaboration with The Center for Art in Wood and Dovetail Wood Arts and in conjunction with the exhibition Merryll Saylan: This Is Your Life, renowned artist Merryll Saylan will lead a two-day intensive workshop inviting participants of all skill levels to explore woodturning, color, and surface embellishment.

Saylan is known for her pioneering use of color and texture in wood and the creation of turned wood objects that transcend their everyday domesticity. In this two-day workshop, participants will create wooden platters under Saylan’s guidance, honing their skills on the lathe. They will then turn their focus to surfaces and the unique character of wood, with Saylan demonstrating pigmentation, texture, and pyrography approaches and techniques. On Saturday, January 19, 2019, workshop participants are invited to attend the closing of the exhibition Merryll Saylan: This is Your Life, at which the finished pieces from the workshop will be displayed. Saylan will give a talk discussing her life and the development of her body of work.

Merryll Saylan has been a practicing studio artist since the late 1970s. Her work is held in important public and private collections, among them the Museum of Arts and Design, New York; the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; the Smithsonian Institution’s Renwick Gallery, Washington, DC; and Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, CT. Her life and work are documented in the Smithsonian Archives of American Art. Saylan is deeply involved in the art, craft, and woodworking communities as a maker, teacher, and writer, and she has served on the boards of American Association of Woodturners, Collectors of Wood Art, and The Center for Art in Wood.

The Center for Art in Wood is a non-profit arts organization located in Philadelphia that nurtures and promotes the innovation of art in wood through collaborative residencies, exhibitions, education, and documentation.  The Center also maintains an inspirational collection and a research library to enhance the understanding and appreciation of the art.

Workshop Volunteers: Artist Amy Forsyth, Artist Susan Hagen

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