Develop a visual language by exploring organic shapes and form translated through carved abstract vessels and bowls. In this workshop, students discuss the boundaries of form and function and the role these play in everyday lives and cultures. Participants design and carve a series of sculptural pieces that play with, disregard or enhance the functionality of their intended use while learning the necessary steps to take rough lumber and shape it into refined objects from original ideas.
Wood selection, drawing techniques and proper power tool use are reviewed. As students become well-versed in carving, techniques for sanding and finishing are demonstrated. Through slide lectures featuring objects and natural forms, students gain inspiration for multiple pieces.
Each workshop is a combination of presentations, group discussions and demonstrations on tools and techniques. Plenty of independent work time for projects is provided with guided help from the instructor on concepts, designs and execution.
Casey Reed Johnson is a designer and sculptor based in Asheville, NC whose work is inspired by function and driven by form. He is the owner and sole designer of Foxwood Co. Casey produces carved objects, sculptural forms and furniture. His work has been in publications such as The Washington Post, Departures Magazine, Modern Luxury, Wood Planet and Elle France and he has exhibited internationally.