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Barry T. Macdonald

Artwork Details

Barry T. Macdonald
cocobolo wood
12 1/2 x 9 in. (31.75 x 22.86 cm)
Gift of Robert M. and Lillian Montalto Bohlen

On Display

Not currently on display


Barry Macdonald finds inspiration in a wide variety of vessel forms, including those made of clay or glass, such as vases, urns, bottles, and jars. In Bottle, Macdonald took an object ordinarily made of glass, retained its form and glossy, glass-like finish, but transformed it into wood. Through this creative process he captured some of the unique character of the original object yet created an element of surprise by rendering it in wood.
Before establishing himself as a self-taught woodturner and furniture maker, Detroit-born Barry Macdonald earned degrees in chemistry, music history, and English literature from Wayne State University.

from the exhibition Nature Transformed: Wood Art from the Bohlen Collection, June 12 – October 3, 2004

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