love of woodworking is not only for the beauty and mystery
of the material, but in the inventing of new techniques
and processes to create objects.The
materials I use relate to the objects I make. At times,
a piece of salvaged wood will become a starting point
of design. Other times, a design will call for a piece
of wood with incredible grain. Using plain wood, like
birch allows me to approach the object as a three dimensional
canvas. Here, I can apply a variety of surface design
techniques to express an idea.My
work tells stories from my life, places Ive been,
people Ive met, architecture, our environment.
These stories are
interwoven into the objects I create. Craft goes beyond
the pleasure of our senses and deals not only with aesthetics,
but our social and ideological lives.Fascination
with how turned forms can be manipulated keeps me excited
about future possibilities related to woodturning.
Hosaluk, craftsman, artist, designer and educator, lives
outside Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, with his wife Marilyn
and four children.Michael is internationally recognized
as one of the worlds most creative turners
which is demonstrated by the great demand for his teaching
skills and for his work to be included in exhibitions.He
has lectured and demonstrated extensively throughout
Canada, United States, Australia, New Zealand,Great
Britain, and France.
His works have been exhibited in Canada, Australia,
Taiwan, France, Germany, China, Japan, and the
United States. The Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto,
The Woodturning Center in Philadelphia and the
Saskatchewan Arts Board in Regina are among the collectors
who have included his work in their permanent collections.
is comfortable using any media that serves his purpose.
His work covers a wide range of objects
and materials ranging from functional vessels and furniture
through to entirely sculptural pieces.
He is constantly challenging the limits of interpretation
in the field of woodturning. As a result, his work
displays a strong command of material used to explore
He retains close ties with traditional and at the same
time breaks free of those ties to explore entirely new
His work is humorous and elegant, possesses character
and gesture, full of references to architecture,
nature and culture.
Michael remains active in his community, freely sharing
with others what he has learned, and is committed to
creating a greater awareness of crafts in Canada and
throughout the world.
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