It's kind of like the right dress on the right person at the right time.
This is stunning work, quite extraordinary to look into, the rippled edge, the pattern inside and outside, it all just sings.
The craft requires aesthetic, spatial and mechanical chops, firing in concert.
The small, delicate wood bowls give evidence to his industrious hand through smooth, seamless scoops of air carved into patterns of harmonious balance.
Carving complex designs in very small pieces of wood requires the utmost patience and skill, something Salesin has in spades! The result is wood turning at its best – intricately crafted vessels to be admired, touched, examined, and coveted.
Salesin easily has the most individual pieces on display, several dozen at least. The patterns in the cups and bowls are so hypnotizing, you may lose the sense you're looking at wood.
His pattern bowls, which contain radiating textures, use the strategy of reflecting light to a dazzling, otherwordly effect.
It adds to the mystery of the piece—a tiny cup, the repetitive mathematical pattern incised precisely within its concavity, with a hint of color being continually released from within the density of black.
Josh Salesin is a master of ornamental turning whom I met through the Center's exhibition Rose-Engines and Kings: Contemporary Ornamental Turning. His forms, often in African blackwood, are distinctive and unique.