Katie Gingrass Gallery

Joel Hunnicutt

I am a wood artist focused on the shape, color, and design of the vessel. The primary technique I use is called "segmented" turning. This is a process of precisely cutting and assembling small pieces of wood, often 3 or more species, and turning them to a final shape on the wood lathe. The use of this technique allows me great flexibility in designing shapes that would be extremely difficult or impossible to create from solid wood. My goal is to generate the flowing feeling of glass in the organic medium of wood. Pieces are typically finished in lacquer. Often I use dyes in the lacquer to create a rainbow of color, not generally associated with wood.

I currently teach woodturning for Central Carolina Community College and have been a guest demonstrator at Duke University. I have been a guest demonstrator for several woodturning clubs. I was a featured demonstrator for the 2003 NC Woodturning Symposium. I serve as Chairman of the Board of NCarts Inc., a creative space in Siler City, NC designed to help emerging artists in their process of skill and market development.