Paula acquired her first lathe at the end of 1998 and discovered a latent aptitude for her new craft. She was helped by her earlier training as a cabinet maker at Rycotewood College (where she was Craftsperson of her Year) and, although the course did not include wood-turning, it did help her to understand wood and how it behaves.
She is not restricted by the conventions of her craft, and customers seeing her work for the first time may feel that the term "wood-turning" is somewhat inadequate. She makes work that is so imaginative and innovative that it is not immediately recognizable as the product of a lathe. Hollow forms abound, some of them oval or elongated in shape, some assembled from more than one piece and joined by perfectly-fitting rings. Other work is decorated with hot irons or the chisel, and several different timbers can be blended into one object.
Height : 5.5cm
Width : 4.5cm