Rainbows by Andrew Chen

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Rainbows by Andrew Chen
All pieces are signed originals, individually created by the artist listed.
Andrew Chen
College Station, Texas

Corian®, abalone shell, casting epoxy
6.5" x 7.75" x 7.75" (165 mm x 197 mm x 197 mm)

This piece is composed of solid surface materials (such as Corian®), abalone shells and casting epoxy. The inspiration came when I saw rainbow colors in the abalone shell. The process of creating this piece was very involved, especially in the incorporation of the shell. Blocks (12) of malachite patterned Corian® were first created with a diamond-shaped window in the middle. The shell was cut into the diamond shape and cast in multiple layers of epoxy into the window such that the shell is suspended in the middle. After the epoxy cured the 12 blocks were glued into a ring with contrasting Corian® partitions. The ring was incorporated into the body which was formed by stacking layers of segmented rings no more than 1/2" thick each.

Theme Statement
This is a segmented piece and any segmented work would essentially automatically create Patterns. In addition, the diamonds create a pattern and the abalone shells further enhance the diamond pattern with rainbow patterns.

Andrew (Andy) Chen is from College Station, Texas. He is a self-taught wood enthusiast and has been woodworking almost his entire adult life. Early on he built furniture entirely with tight-fitting joinery (without nails and screws). This provided him with the knowledge of cutting wood accurately that is the foundation for the segmented turning that he started in 1992. He has demonstrated at numerous turning clubs and regional, national and international symposia and taught at Arrowmont. His work has also been included in the photo gallery of Ron Hampton’s book: Segmented Turning: A Complete Guide, and American Woodturner.

Learn More: www.andyscustomcraft.com