I’m pleased to introduce you to Grace. A shimmering river table, she’s the most beautiful and engaging piece of functional art I’ve made so far.
Simply put, Grace is beautiful. She’s not the most “popular girl in school” (well at least not yet) but she’s the elegant, understated, unique beauty that catches your eye one day and then from that day on you find yourself increasingly attracted to her because she’s intelligent, she’s sophisticated, and she has so many intriguing qualities. You just can’t keep your eyes off of her.
Why Grace as a name for this piece? This table is a catalyst or a flagship work of functional art that will set the tone for many more similar works and when I was creating this table it was an inspired project. When working on something like this it’s like you’re in a flow or what many would call “being in the zone.” I’ll often describe this as being in a state of grace.
Grace is a timeless beauty that will complement every space she’s in – a centerpiece in any room.
This live edge or natural edge walnut slab was acquired along with the slab for the Phoenix table. It was meticulously dried in order to control the quality of the wood and the rift all the way down the center. This type of slab is called a crotch slab because it is from the crotch of the tree where it splits from one large trunk into two others thus creating AMAZING grain patterns. The walnut slab separation in to two parts was purposeful in order to create a more substantial gap for what came next.
I grappled with naming this table and the technique I created because I wanted to call it a rift or something of that nature. What it comes down to is that it is best represented in the “river table” category and it is in that same quality of work as the river tables by Greg Klassen. When I am inspired by something like Greg’s work or the live edge slab tables that the late and great George Nakashima created, I believe that I must bring something more to the idea, improve upon it or branch off into another unique stylistic choice.
This drive to improve is what inspired the original idea of creating a mineral deposit rift through the table. By suspending a custom mix of high quality reflective German glass and glittering minerals I’ve created a colour tone of blues that works very well with the rich tones in the walnut wood. This is done in about 12 meticulously crafted layers in order to get the depth I wanted much like a watercolour painting. The result is nothing short of amazing.
I hope that the pictures do this shimmering table justice but I know that they almost don’t capture the dynamic nature of how the suspended glass reflects even the faintest light to catch your eye – almost like the facets of a well polished diamond will sparkle so does the heart of this table. This colour theme is called Mithril and subsequent pieces will be Emerald and Diamond. To top it all off this is another one of those works where the that section GLOWS!
Yes, Grace not only looks amazing in natural or artificial lighting but she also emits a faint glow from her heart after absorbing energy throughout the day.
Grace is 34″ wide at her narrow end and nearly 48″ at her widest as well as just over 55″ long. Standing on her raw metal hairpin legs she’s about 18 3/4″ high.
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