Low Tide

Bill & Tina Collison


This piece is part of the Wabi Sabi, Embracing the Art of Imperfection exhibit in the Main Gallery of The Folk Art Center.

“Buckeye burl’s (Aesculus califonica) most endearing quality is its imperfections. The burl is normally harvested from the root wad under the tree itself. The formation of a burl is a tree’s natural reaction to invasion by foreign matter. The tree seeks to
encapsulate the invader by walling it off, thus creating something similar to a mole on human skin. It often contains sand, rocks, bullets and even snakes have been known to inhabit the voids in the burl. It is a very soft wood, chuck full of imperfections and therefore not suitable for most woodturnings as it has no structural strength. Small pieces filled with epoxy and minerals are frequently used for knife handles and bottle stoppers.

This particular piece was originally obtained for a platter. A portion of the piece included the exterior bark, which exhibited barnacle like projections when removed. The design opportunity dictated that an off-center bowl be created, leaving the imperfections intact. This piece is titled Low Tide to awaken the reminiscence of anyone who has ever walked a northern seacoast anywhere in the world and the sight of barnacles encrusted on rocks embedded along the shore, evoking thoughts of another time and place and small pleasures spent.”

  • Buckeye burl from Oregon; lathe turned
  • 14″wide x 14″wide x 3″high
  • Will not be shipped until October 10th, once the exhibition has closed
  • Shipping and handling fees will be determined when the piece is ready for delivery
  • Wabi Sabi runs from June 30 – September 30, 2018
  • Made in NC

The Southern Highland Craft Guild opens its third exhibition for the 2018 year with Wabi Sabi, Embracing the Art of Imperfection in the Folk Art Center’s main gallery upstairs. It features 60 objects from makers of the Guild that showcase this traditional Japanese aesthetic of honoring the beauty of flaws. Works focus on juxtapositions of symmetry through gnarled wooden sculptures, rough textures in a wall hanging’s fabric, or a woven pattern’s simplicity.
Curator Nikki Josheff received an overwhelming number of submissions for this exhibition. “It has been exciting to see the membership’s enthusiasm for Wabi Sabi,” she said. “With our history of cultivating fine craft for more than eight decades, there’s often an expectation of perfection within our community. Our jury process is rigorous, and done through peer-evaluation to uphold a standard within a designated media.” Wabi Sabi encourages participants to let go of creative pressures, perhaps expectations of perfection, that may limit one’s imagination. Instead, it challenges makers to work with flaws, or other brokenness within their process.


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