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Written by: Lynn Sheffield – The Bascom | problem: 2017/10 – October

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The Moulthrop family of Marietta, Georgia, are three generations of world-renowned woodturners, Ed, Philip and Matt. They are among the world’s most highly regarded and collectable contemporary woodworkers. Their work is included in numerous major collections, including the permanent collections of the Carnegie Museum of Art (Pittsburgh), the Carter Center (Atlanta), the Detroit Institute of Arts, and the Minneapolis Institute of Arts. They also have work in the Renwick Gallery at the Smithsonian American Art Museum.

It all started with Ed Moulthrop, known as the “Father of Modern Wood Turning.”

“Ed loved simple shapes,” says his son Philip, “and he didn’t like complicated, intricate shapes. His love was wood, and that love is still with us today. Our work is about the beauty of wood revealed through form.”

Philip learned wood-turning techniques from his father in the 1970s and embraced Ed’s foundational aesthetic. Today, even when creating bold new pieces, Philip uses new technical approaches to convey the natural beauty of wood without straying from established forms or intent.

Philip’s sons, Chris and Matt, worked in their grandfather’s studio, learning about wood and how to use tools. Chris began working in the computer industry, while Matt immersed himself in the demands of turning. Today, Matt knows more about wood than his grandfather ever accumulated, thanks to an ever-increasing number of tree species to choose from and greater access to research on wood and its properties.

Moulthrop pottery emerged at a historic time when contemporary art and traditional crafts were blending together, creating fertile ground for the creation of bold new creations.

Bascom is proud to present Philip and Matt with a fantastic presentation of their work on Saturday, October 28. Join us from 10am to noon to enjoy their talk, meet them, and have the opportunity to start your own Mould Throp collection.



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