By satin_matt

Open Studios Art Tour in October

NEW WORK – Jewelry Chest with Barn Swallows

This piece is ready to fly home, but the owner has generously offered to let me show it during Open Studios (which is fast approaching).
Every drawer and compartment is lined with gorgeous blue velvet. I spent a lot of time using scissors instead of saws and chisels for this project! Come see it during Open Studios.

OPEN STUDIOS in October

Visit my shop during the Open Studios Art Tour on Saturday and Sunday, October 7 & 8, and 21 & 22. Hours are from 11am to 5pm. I will also have painter Linda Curtis showing her work outside my shop. Come and meet 2 artists in 1 visit!
I put together a postcard representing all the Open Studios artists in Scotts Valley, including a map on the back. I’ll have plenty on hand in my shop, and will also distribute some around town. Open Studios is a great way to meet local artists in the spaces where they work and create. I hope to see you!

NEW WORK – Flying Crane and Vizslas

FLYING CRANE RELIQUARY

There has been lots happening in the shop lately, and I wanted to report on a couple projects that I felt particularly good about.

Flying Crane Reliquary
Flying Crane Reliquary

The Flying Crane Reliquary is a box that will contain the client’s loved one’s cremains. I feel privileged to be able to do work that holds such personal significance.

Flying Crane Reliquary


VIZSLA TROPHIES

These days my sidekick in the shop is a vizsla dog named Zak. A recent commission combined my love of this amazing breed, with my passion for woodworking and marquetry in particular.

VCA Trophy
Vizsla Club of America Trophy

The Vizsla Club of America held its annual show in Del Mar, CA this year, and I made trophies for the winners in a variety of categories. Below is a photo of one of the winners displaying her awards, and below that, the winner of the agility trial.

Vizsla
Winner winner chicken dinner!
Agility Vizsla
VCA Agility Trial winner 2017

Anne & Mark’s Art Party in San Jose

I was invited to show new work at Anne & Mark’s Art Party, along with my colleagues in Santa Cruz Woodworkers. It is described as an occasional and irrational art fest, and the opening gala is September 24. The theme is taken from Alice in Wonderland, so what better place to unveil my new White Rabbit Music Stand!

Music Stand - White Rabbit detail
Music Stand – White Rabbit detail

Anne & Mark’s Art Party takes place September 24 through October 1 at the Santa Clara Fairgrounds. Check their website for more info. Hope to see you there.

Blitzer-postcard

Santa Cruz Woodworkers Exhibit at R. Blitzer Gallery

The Santa Cruz Woodworkers are exhibiting members’ work May 6 – 28 at R. Blitzer Gallery in Santa Cruz, CA. The 9-member organization is a collaboration of professionals, dedicated to fostering appreciation for locally produced, one-of-a-kind, handmade woodwork.

I will be showing a music stand, a bed, and several other new works. My colleagues will be showing newly created furniture, decorative turned wood, and musical string instruments. We have also invited woodblock artists Andrea Rich and Aaron Johnson to display woodblock prints and the carved wood blocks used to create them.
The R. Blitzer Gallery is located at 2801 Mission Street in Santa Cruz, telephone 831-458-1217. An Opening Night reception will be held on May 6, from 5 to 9pm. Hope to see you there!

An Artist and An Ancient Technique Reveal Time

ElegantArtisan.com Announces a New Exhibiting Artist — Matthew Werner!

The next time you find yourself staring at a clock, why not make it a really satisfying experience — one that will have you marveling at the workmanship and beauty inherent in a timepiece with the ability to, not only reveal the time, but also mesmerize.

“Queen Over King Clock” Inspired by “gaff” cards — non-standard playing cards used in sleight-of-hand tricks. Here, the warrior-queen is positioned over the flower-gazing king. 12″x12″ © 2015 Matthew Werner

That’s just the kind of experience you will enjoy with one look at Santa Cruz artist Matthew Werner’s originally-designed, handcrafted clocks. Matthew uses an inlay technique called marquetry, which is the assembly of thin slices of wood to form an image. Performing all the work himself, Matthew uses veneers from naturally-colored woods.

Realistic effects are achieved by dipping the inlay pieces in hot sand to scorch them, resulting in shadows and visual depth.

The art of marquetry is a technique dating back 3,000 years to Egypt. This skill requires incredible attention to detail and mass amounts of time. It’s an art which isn’t widely practiced today. Although Matthew acknowledges that marquetry can be  produced using computers and lasers, what’s lacking in those pieces is human craftmanship, which inbues each piece with otherwise missing elements, such as finesse and flair.

Matthew says, “My goal is to apply the technique with integrity and artistry, to add beauty to the objects I make without being overstated.”

In addition to creating one-of-a-kind clocks, Matthew’s focus encompasses furniture fabrication. He employs the same aptitude and discernment to his furniture pieces, each of which is a work of art.

“My inspiration comes from the natural world — what I think of as the ‘unbuilt’ world. I have a great appreciation for Japanese design aesthetics, especially the way natural elements are brought into the built world. I also recognize that the forms I work with are rooted in the cultural traditions of Europe. My location on the Pacific Rim provides an opportunity to balance influences from east and west, resulting in a body of New World originals that acknowledge both sources.”

Enjoy a few of Matthew’s clock creations by visiting ElegantArtisan.com. To view Matthew’s masterful furniture, go to: MatthewWernerFurniture.com.

ElegantArtisan.com is honored and delighted to add Matthew Werner to the accomplished artists exhibiting on the site. Matthew’s work will enchant you!

Enjoy!

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