“My inspiration for bowl-making stems from a mill-owner’s reaction to my first butternut bowl crafted from his planks. The man tenderly embraced his bowl, sat down upon the ground, and cried tears of amazement. Realizing my art could bring such joyful satisfaction caused me to push my expertise and tools to the limit, to stretch my imagination and to risk making incredibly thin bowls. It is my challenge to bring forth the solid uniqueness of every block of wood. Each glued segment, contributes to design. In another timeless space, my hands grasp the cutting tool.
As the lathe spins, a new creation evolves. Like those of a potter, my hands assist in molding each block of valued wood. It speaks to me and guides my cut. I must focus on safety as the lathe turns at high speeds. New form comes to life. The tantalizing wood aroma and my sense of touch increase. Whether by skill, chance or divine design, the bowl is now ready to behold and to be held. I dedicate my talent to this end.”
– Doug Clark