Bowls, Bowls, Bowls

Mark Gardner
October 3-7


This course offers a deep immersion in the art of bowl turning. Participants begin with a series of simple bowls, then move on to experiment with more complex forms, texture, color, and the addition of handles, as they choose. Mark’s instruction emphasizes good tool techniques for achieving professional results. He encourages students to pursue their own aesthetic directions and build upon their existing skill sets, turning with either green or dried wood.

Topics of discussion include wood selection, chucking, tool selection, sharpening, safe use of bowl gouges, the use of carving tools for texturing and piercing, and the application of carving tools.

Mark Gardner is a full-time studio turner and sculptor in Saluda, NC. His award-winning work is exhibited nationally and has been acquired for the permanent collections of the Museum of Arts and Design in New York, the Yale University Art Gallery, and the Minneapolis Institute of Art, among others. He is represented in publications such as New Masters of Woodturning (Fox Chapel Press, 2008) and Scratching the Surface: Art and Content in Contemporary Wood (Guild Publishing, 2002). Mark’s website is


Open to intermediate turners.


Tuition: $750