Blue Mountain Bowls

Carl Pittman

b. 1972, Raleigh, North Carolina

Carl at work


ABOUT THE ARTIST

Carl Pittman has been drawn to art and sculpture since high school, where he completed an intensive art 1-4, four year program. He continued his education in Natural Resources being continually drawn towards the wood side of his degree. During this time he began his wood craft shaping canoes and other smaller, intricate items. He built his entire house and found that working with “raw” wood instead of store bought had a very intrinsic and connective energy. Meeting George Peterson and starting a bowl turning apprenticeship entirely reshaped how he viewed the limitless possibilities of wood working. During his 3 year apprenticeship he started drawing and working out sculpture ideas as well as a series of new bowl forms that he could build upon. Carl is now a full-time studio artist, dividing his time between family, sculpture, and turning.

ARTIST STATEMENT

I believe that everything on earth (including earth) has a divine energy and specific sequence in which it flows. This “flow” if intuitively listened to is a substantial part of my work. I closely use this ever dynamic energy pattern to forge the raw form of my sculpture and bowls, sitting and tuning in with the wood and myself until a selected form and finish can occur. Often my first finish is only a base layer in which the form is finally culminated. These works are created and shaped using a host of tools, mainly consisting of chainsaws and a lathe. A close connection with the earth’s energy and the ability to be present will allow the work to flow through me and not from me. These exchanges will intertwine together resulting in a piece that is curiously intriguing, yet rather simple in form.

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