The Turned Bowl As A Canvas

Melissa Engler & Graeme Priddle
July 17-21


This is a great opportunity to hone your practical bowl-turning skills while exploring the decorative possibilities that carving, texturing, pyrography, coloring, and finishing bring to the bowl form. From the outset, Graeme and Melissa coach students in a holistic creative process—from design inspiration to wood selection to form to finish—that considers the interplay of shape and surface.

The instructors provide instruction in the essentials of bowl turning, including selection and preparation of wood, application and sharpening of tools, and turning techniques that are effective and safe. Each student turns and embellishes a series of bowls while experimenting with a wide variety of decorative techniques that employ flexible-shaft carving tools, woodburners, and acrylic and milk paints.

Melissa Engler and Graeme Priddle work together at Grovewood Studios, near their home in Asheville, NC. A woodworker for 26 years, Graeme is widely known for turned and carved sculptural work that reflects the life and environment of his home country, New Zealand. His work has received numerous awards, and has been exhibited in New Zealand, the United Kingdom, Japan, Taiwan, France, Germany, the U.S., and Canada. Melissa holds a B.A. in sculpture from the University of North Carolina at Asheville and is a 2010 graduate of Haywood Community College Professional Crafts Program in furniture. Her wood sculpture has been featured in Carolina Home + GardenWNC Magazine, Woodwork Magazine, and American Craft, and is held in private collections across the U.S. Graeme and Melissa teach internationally, and their work is represented by North Carolina’s Grovewood Gallery, Penland Gallery, Green Hill Center for Art, and Surface Gallery.

Open to intermediate turners.


Tuition: $770

Priddle Reef BowlReef Bowl by Graeme Priddle, kauri and acrylic paint (6”dia.), 2010

 Melissa Engler TalismanTalisman by Melissa Engler, carved and burned poplar, milk paint (20"x6"x18"), 2013