Alchemist's Vessel Series by David Marks

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Alchemist's Vessel Series by David Marks
All pieces are signed originals, individually created by the artist listed.
David Marks
Santa Rosa, California

Alchemist's Vessel Series
African blackwood, big leaf maple burl, poplar, Japan paints, genuine silver leaf, chemical patina, hand-rubbed lacquer finish
10.75" x 5.5" x 5.5"

Artist's Note

"This vessel is one of a small limited edition that I made in May 2015 for the television show Rough Cut Woodworking with Tommy Mac series airing on PBS."

Artist Statement

"My work expresses a sense of time and mystery. My inspiration is derived from a fusion of styles including ancient Egyptian, African, Art Nouveau, Art Deco and Asian. But essential to all my designs is the attention I dedicate to fine details. I like to combine exotic woods with gilding and chemical patination to create unique, one of a kind woodturnings and sculptures. The patina finish that is a trademark of my work is a hybrid I’ve developed since the late 1980’s. It combines painting, gilding (metal leafing), chemical patinas, and lacquering techniques. The complex layers result in a surface that imparts feelings of depth, ancient time, and a sense of mysterious beauty. I use the lathe in combination with my fully equipped woodworking studio to create my pieces. Some of the qualities that I strive for are excellence in design as well as excellence in execution of technique, while challenging myself to create something that generates a sense of fascination in the viewer."

About David Marks

David J. Marks is recognized internationally as a master craftsman of fine furniture, turner, sculptor, and host of the television show “WoodWorks”. David hosted 91 episodes of WoodWorks, which debuted on HGTV and the DIY Networks back in 2001. The show won critical acclaim and aired on the DIY network for 6 years. It was also syndicated in Australia, where it aired for several years.

In 1981, he opened his own shop/studio and built one-of-a-kind furniture. In the late 1980’s he shifted focus to woodturning and sculpture. David began experimenting in the late 1980s with gilding and patinas. His patina finish is a hybrid of multiple finishes that he has developed. It combines painting, gilding (metal leafing), chemical patinas, and lacquering techniques. The complex layers result in a finish that may look ancient, metallic, or even stone like of an ancient, petrified stone quality.

He has won numerous awards for his woodworking and woodturning, and his work has appeared in many publications.