George Radeschi: Woodturned Art
Decorative and Functional
August 27-September 28, 2019
Join us for a Reception with the artists
during 2nd Fridays in Bedford: September,13th, 5-8pm
Refreshments, live music, community art project
Each of my one-of-a-kind solid segmented wood turned vessels, bowls and cutting boards is made from native and exotic hardwoods, each precisely measured and carefully cut to form a pattern. Some turnings have hand-carved designs in the wood; one has a carved sterling silver ring. All the colors are natural. No dyes or stains are used. The interior of each vessel is ﬁnished to the same smooth patina as the exterior.
To make each one-of-a-kind vessel, I apply skills in design, mathematics, woodworking, joinery and ﬁnishing. I draw upon years of research and spend hours designing and sketching each turning. I attempt new ideas in every turning. When successful, I take those concepts and adapt them to other pieces. Once a concept has been proven, I move outside my comfort zone to try new theories and techniques.
About George Radeschi
Radeschi ﬁrst showed his wood turned vessels at The Delaware Art Museum in Wilmington in 1988 and received the First Place award at the Contemporary Crafts Exhibition. He was one of 36 artists chosen from 5,000 to exhibit in ArtQuest ’88 in New York, Philadelphia and Los Angeles, and his woodturning received the Second-Place award. The jurors were from the Guggenheim Museum, National Museum of Art, Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the Art Institute in Chicago. The same year Radeschi’s work was chosen for the International Turned Objects Show in Philadelphia, which featured the work of 116 wood turners from around the world. Since then, his wood turned vessels have been in gallery, museum and corporate exhibitions, including several solo exhibitions, throughout the country.
Radeschi has been inﬂuenced by Southwest Native American pottery as well as ancient Grecian and Egyptian art. When he saw a clay pot at a Native American exhibition in the 1980s, he wondered if he could recreate the shape and pattern in wood. He could. The shapes of his turnings vary, but each one is a classic form arrived at through extensive research. Each vessel is one of a kind and made from hundreds of solid pieces of native and exotic hardwoods meticulously measured, precisely cut, carefully glued together, gently turned on a lathe and ﬁnished to a smooth patina. His work is in private, corporate and museum collections.
The atmosphere in Radeschi’s workshop is far removed from that of a museum setting. His workshop is a dichotomy. It is an area of human creativity, which can be messy, and the most modern woodworking tools. It is where he carefully blends his research, imagination and inventiveness with the ﬁne honed edge of his cutting tools. It is where he creates beautiful art. In the book The Best of Pennsylvania, Radeschi was named one of Pennsylvania ’s three top woodworkers.
Radeschi shares with woodworkers Sam Maloof (1916-2009) and George Nakashima (1905-1990) an aesthetic based on a reverence for the beauty of solid hardwood, a love of simple sculptural shapes, and a rejection of applied ornament. Each has worked a piece of wood into an object that gives beauty to everyday living.
Like ﬁne craftsmen who preceded them, Maloof, Nakashima and Radeschi have helped develop an appreciation for well executed work. “Whether decorative or utilitarian, all ﬁnely crafted wood has a function. It brings beauty to our environment,” says David Ellsworth, one of America’s leading woodturners.
Radeschi’s work has received numerous awards, been favorably reviewed by art critics, including on three separate occasions the New York Times, and featured in many books, magazines and newspapers, and is in several private, public and museum collections.
For additional information, please visit georgeradeschi.net
(Bio includes excerpts from an article by Loretta Radeschi for the Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art, Bedford PA)