St. Paul, MN
Turnabout-Women at the Lathe is the first exhibition organized by the Women in Turning (WIT) committee of the American Association of Woodturners (AAW). Reflecting our membership, we created a blended invitational and juried show that celebrates both known and unknown voices in our field. The twenty-seven sculptural pieces in the exhibition were created by women artists from the United States, England, Wales, Canada, and Taiwan, ranging in age from their early twenties to their 80s.
The work in the show is created all or in part on the lathe, a specialized woodworking machine that holds and spins material while it is carved with sharp tools. The exhibition features work by women with anything from a few years of experience to more than three decades of turning.
Though women have been turning wood for generations, their participation in this mostly male-dominated arena has been relatively sparse. Women in Turning was formed to encourage and assist women in their pursuit of turning, to facilitate the sharing of ideas and processes to further members’ skills and creativity, and to increase the participation of women in the field of woodturning. We are in the middle of a sea change, with more and more women interested in crafts that were once considered men’s territory, and woodturning is no exception.
Image: Collage of works in the exhibition provided by AAW