A Gallery of Turned Wooden Artwork
by Rob Wallace, Woodturner




Rob Wallace Turning Demonstration - Ames Artwalk, 2008
Photo: Eloisa Perez-Lozano - Iowa State Daily


Background:
        Rob Wallace holds a Ph.D. in Botany from Rutgers University (New Jersey), and is a biology professor at Iowa State University where he teaches courses in evolution, plant taxonomy and systematics, economic botany, and biogeography.  He has been a woodworker since before his teen years, and enjoys all aspects of woodworking, especially woodturning.    He is a member of the American Association of Woodturners  and has been an active member and officer of the Ames Woodworkers Club (Iowa) for over 16 years.   He has been coordinating the local group of woodturning enthusiasts (Ames Area Woodturners) since 2005, has presented demonstrations on various woodturning and woodworking topics to regional and national groups, and offers private lessons in woodturning to interested persons.

        His work has been displayed at the Iowa State Fair in the judged categories of 'Creative Arts - Woodworking' in 2005, 2006, 2007, and 2008 where he has won first place in the "Turned Items"  Class each year.   In 2007, he won First Place (Blue Ribbon) in Sculpture at the Iowa State Fair Juried Fine Art Exhibition, and in 2008 was awarded a Third Place in Sculpture at the same exhibition that year.  He has been showing and selling his artwork at Gallery 319 and at the Octagon Center for the Arts, both in Ames, Iowa.



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For a summary where my work has been shown, Click Here


Rob Wallace is an artist registered with the Iowa Arts Council
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Artist's Statement:  
         "The natural beauty of wood can be celebrated and accentuated together with aspects of symmetry and form in well-designed turned wooden pieces.  My excitement and fascination with wooden bowls, vessels, and hollow forms created on the wood lathe enables me to rise to the challenge of producing a form that will best display the native figure and color of the wood, in addition to creating a piece that is both pleasing and satisfying to the eye with respect to the form's shape and proportions.  All of these factors interact dynamically as wood is removed in the process of turning to reveal the natural characteristics of this medium, which are universally appealing.  The opportunity to expose grain patterns, subtle color or texture differences, and unique features of the wood is an endless source of inspiration that allows for "instantaneous creativity" and immediate gratification for the artist, as the spinning form develops on the lathe.  With the development of each piece, the mystery of what lies beneath the bark is revealed, and the ability to share this beauty with others in the pieces I create is a source of personal pleasure and pride."




Inquiries about piece availability and price are welcomed.

Please e-mail or phone if you would like me to produce a custom-turned,
commissioned piece, suited to your artistic or decor requirements.




The Gallery

Samples of some of my turned wooden forms:

 

'Tinctoria'

Iowa State Fair Entry, 2007

Second Place,
Creative Arts - Woodworking, 
Decorative Items
Hollow vessel with collar and finial, 5.5 inches (14 cm) diameter, 7 inches (18 cm) tall; Argentine Osage Orange body, (Maclura tinctoria) and African Blackwood collar and finial (Dalbergia melanoxylon). July,
2007

Telophase - Spalted Maple - 2007
'Telophase'

Iowa State Fair Entry, 2007

First Place,
Sculpture, Juried Fine Arts Exhibition
Hemispherical bowl, carved and wood- burned;  9.25 inches (23.5 cm) in diameter, 5 inches (12.7 cm) tall; Spalted Black maple  (Acer nigrum).
  July,
 2007
Circle's Corner- 2008 - Ziricote  ttp://www.woodturner.org/http://www.woodturner.org/
'Circle's Corner'

Iowa State Fair Entry, 2008

Third Place,
Sculpture, Juried Fine Arts Exhibition
 Turned/Sculpted bowl, 6.75 in. (17.2 cm) diameter, 4 inches (6.3 cm) tall; Ziricote (Cordia dodecandra).    June,
  2008
Sprocket - 2008 - Ambrosia Maple
 'Sprocket'

Iowa State Fair Entry, 2008

First Place,
Creative Arts - Woodworking,
Turned Items
Bowl, 8 inches (20.3 cm) diameter, 3.5 inches (9 cm) tall; Ambrosia Maple
(Acer rubrum).


  July,
  2008
Fruit Bowl - 2005 - Ambrosia Maple  'Fruit Bowl'

 Iowa State Fair Entry, 2005

   
Second Place,
Creative Arts - Woodworking,
Household Item
Bowl, 10.25 inches (26 cm) diameter, 4.25 inches (11 cm) tall; Ambrosia Maple (Acer rubrum).  July,
 2005
Pink Ivory Ring Box - 2006  'Decorative
   Ring Box'

 Iowa State Fair Entry, 2006

  
Second Place,
Creative Arts - Woodworking, 
Decorative Item
Ring Box, 2 inches (5 cm) diameter, 4.25 inches (11 cm) tall; Pink Ivory body (Rhamnus zehyeri), Ebony finial (Diospyros
     sp.).
  July,
  2006
Utter Chaos - Redbud - 2007  'Utter Chaos' Bowl, 8.5 inches (21.5 cm) diameter,  4 inches (10 cm) tall; Redbud (Cercis canadensis).  November,   2007
r http://www.woodturner.org/Fault Line - Elm - 2006   'Fault Line'
Vessel, 8.25 inches (21 cm) diameter,  4.5 inches (11.5 cm) tall; Elm (Ulmus fulva).


SOLD at Gallery 319
  October,
 2006
Convergence - Spalted Maple - 2007  'Convergence' Bowl, 6.75 inches (17 cm) diameter, 2.5 in. (6.5 cm) tall; Spalted black maple (Acer nigrum).
   September,    2007
Mother Lode - 2007  'Mother Lode' Bowl, 6.5 inches (16.5 cm) diameter, 2.75 in. (7 cm) tall; Tasmanian Myrtle burl (Nothofagus sp.).  September,
 2007
Cyclone Fantasy - Yellowheart & Redheart - 2007   'Cyclone Fantasy' Segmented Bowl 8.75 inches (22 cm) diameter, ca. 4 inches (10 cm) tall;  Yellowheart  (Zanthoxylum flavum) and black-dyed maple (Acer sp.) rim, with Redheart body (Erythroxylum sp.).


SOLD at
Gallery 319
Januuary,
2007
Wave Illusion - 2007 September,
 2007
 'Wave  Illusion'

 Iowa State Fair Entry, 2007

First Place,
Creative Arts - Woodworking,
Turned Items
Shallow, rolled-rim bowl, 9.25 inches (23.5 cm) diameter,  2.25 inches   ( 5.7 cm) tall; Tasmanian Myrtle (Nothofagus sp.).  July,
 2007
Hemispheric Delineation - 2006 'Hemispheric
Delineation'

 Iowa State Fair  Entry, 2006

First Place,
Creative Arts - Woodworking,
Turned Items
August,
 2008
Bowl, 9.75 inches (25 cm) diameter,  5.5 in. (14 cm) tall, Spalted black maple (Acer nigrum) and Cherry (Prunus serotina).
July,
2006
http://www.woodturner.oPrairie Fire - Box Elder - 2007  


'Prairie Fire'



Vase/Hollow Vessel, 6 inches (15 cm) diameter,  7 inches (18 cm) tall; Box Elder (Acer negundo).


SOLD at
Gallery 319
 January,
 2007
Atoll in Ash - Ash - 2007

'Atoll in Ash'


Bowl, 8.5 inches (16.5 cm) diameter,  2 in. (5 cm) tall;
Ash (Fraxinus americana).


SOLD at
Gallery 319
 February,
 2007
Cherry Ogee Vase - 2007 'Ogee Vase' Hollow Vessel/Vase, 6 inches (15 cm) diameter, 4.5 in. (11.5 cm) tall; Cherry (Prunus serotina).


SOLD at
Gallery 319
 September,
 2007
http://www.woodturner.org/Tequila Sunrise - Box Elder - 2007  'Tequila  Sunrise' Bowl, 7.5 inches (16.5 cm) diameter, 3 in. (5 cm) tall;
Box Elder (
Acer negundo)..
 November,
 2007
Portal to the Heart - Box Elder and Bloodwood - 2007http://www.woodturner.org/  'Portal to
 the Heart'
Vessel, 6 inches (15 cm) diameter, 7 in. (18 cm) tall; Box Elder (Acer negundo), with Bloodwood (Brosimum rubescens) collar.


SOLD at
Gallery 319
 October,
 2007

Get in Treble - Cherry and Brass Inlay - 2007
'Get in Treble'


  Donated to the Central
 Iowa Symphony Fundraising Auction, Sept. 2007
Platter, 12 inches (30 cm) diameter, 2 in. (5 cm) tall; Cherry (Prunus serotina), with inlayed antique brass treble clef and 'brass band'.  September,
 2007
Omega - lilac - 2007  'Omega' Rolled-rim Bowl, 7 inches (18 cm) diameter, 3.25 in. (8.2 cm) tall; Lilac (Syringa vulgaris).


SOLD at
Gallery 319
 November,
 2007
Athena's Cup - 2008 - Elm 'Athena's Cup'  Vessel, 5.5 inches (14 cm) diameter, 5 in. (12.7 cm) tall; Elm (Ulmus fulva). September,
 2008
Opposing Waves - 2008 'Opposing Waves' Hollow vessel with collar, 6.5 inches (16.5 cm) diameter, 4 inches (10.1 cm) tall; Russian Olive (Eleagnus angustifolia) and African Blackwood collar (Dalbergia melanoxylon). September,
 2008
Octomerous - 2008 'Octomerous' Carved-rim Bowl, 7 inches (18 cm) diameter, 3.25 in. (8.2 cm) tall; Cherry (Prunus serotina). July,
 2008
Tented Arch - 2008 - Mulberry
'Tented Arch' Bowl, 6.25 inches (15.8 cm) diameter, 2.75 in. (7 cm) tall; Mulberry (Morus rubra). September,
 2008
Dry Flower Vase - 2008 - Spalted Maple 'Dry Flower Vase' End-grain vase, 4 inches (10.1 cm) diameter, 6.5 in. (26.6 cm) tall; Spalted Black Maple (Acer nigrum).


SOLD at Gallery 319
 July,
 2008
Fungal Fantasy - 2008 - Spalted Maple
'Fungal Fantasy' Hollow vessel with collar, 6 inches (15.2 cm) diameter, 3.5 inches (8.7 cm) tall; Spalted Black Maple (Acer nigrum) and African Blackwood collar (Dalbergia melanoxylon).


SOLD at Gallery 319
 May,
 2008
Falling Knots - 2008 - Elm
'Falling Knots' Hollow Vessel, 11 inches (27.9 cm) diameter, 4.5 in. (11.5 cm) tall; Elm (Ulmus fulva).


SOLD at Gallery 319
January,
 2008
Ocula Lutea - 2008 -  Yellowwood (Cladrastis) 'Oculea Lutea' Bowl, 8.25 inches (21 cm) diameter, 2.75 in. (7 cm) tall; Yellowwood (Cladrastis lutea). May,
 2008
Sycamore Vessel - 2008 'Sycamore Vessel' Vessel, 7 inches (18 cm) diameter, 3.25 in. (8.2 cm) tall; Sycamore (Platanus sp). August,
 2008
Black Hole Summit - 2008 - Cherry-Blackwood 'Black Hole Summit' Hollow vessel with collar, 7 inches (17.7 cm) diameter, 4 inches (10.1 cm) tall; Cherry (Prunus serotina) and African Blackwood collar (Dalbergia melanoxylon). May,
 2008
Lines of Force - 2008 - Spalted Maple 'Lines of Force' Bowl, 7.5 inches (19 cm) diameter, 2 inches (5 cm) tall; Spalted Black Maple (Acer nigrum) August,
 2008


Galleries I am represented in:


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                                                                       Gallery 319
                                                                    310 Main street
                                                                    Ames, Iowa
50010      
                                                                                                 Phone: 515-232-2354

         To go to the Gallery 319 Web Site -  CLICK HERE


Iowa Artisans Gallery
                                                             Iowa Artisans Gallery
                                                     207 East Washington street
                                                            Iowa City, Iowa
52240                
                                                                 Phone: 319-351-8686;  Toll Free: 1-877-439-6554

                                                   To go to the Iowa Artisans Gallery  Web Site -  CLICK HERE



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                                                    The octagon Center for the Arts
                                                                427 Douglas Avenue
                                                                    Ames, Iowa 50010    
                                                                                               Phone: 515-232-5331

                                                                         To go to the Octagon Shop Web Site -  CLICK HERE
Click Heree

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                                                    The Cedar Rapids Museum of Art
                                                                410 Third Avenue SE
                                                            Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52401    
                                                                                               Phone: 319-366-7503

                                            
To go to the Cedar rapids Museum of Art Web Site -  CLICK HERE



A  Summary of where my artwork has been shown:

Juried/Judged Exhibition Venues:

         Iowa State Fair 'Creative Arts - Woodworking'- (2005 through 2008)

  2005 – First Place, Turned Items (Blue Ribbon)

  2006 – First Place, Turned Items (Blue Ribbon)

  2007 – First Place, Turned Items (Blue Ribbon)

  2008 – First Place, Turned Items (Blue Ribbon)

        Iowa State Fair 'Juried Fine Arts Exhibition'- (2007 and 2008)

            2007 – First Place, Sculpture (Media Award)

            2008 – Third Place, Sculpture (Media Award)

 
Octagon Center for the Arts, Ames, Iowa –  Annual 'Clay, Fiber, Paper, Glass, Metal Wood' Juried Art Exhibition

            2008 – One piece ["Tinctoria"] selected for exhibit.

            2009 – One piece ["Sprocket"] selected for exhibit.

 
         American Association of Woodturners 'Instant Gallery' –  (Held at the National AAW Symposium)

            2007 – Portland, Oregon

 Sales Venues:

         Gallery 319, Ames, Iowa

  November 2006 to Present -  Consignment Artwork Sales

         Octagon Center for the Arts, Ames, Iowa.

            December 2007 to Present -  Consignment Artwork Sales

         Cedar Rapids Museum of Art, Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

            January 2009 to Present -  Consignment Artwork Sales



My Contact Information:

E-mail:   rwallace@iastate.edu  or   robwallacewoodturner@mchsi.com

Postal Mail Address:     Rob Wallace
                                              2841 Torrey Pines Road
                                              Ames, Iowa 50010-8946

Telephone:     1-515-292-5785;  please call between 5:30 pm and 9:30 pm  (Central Time Zone)


Go To Rob Wallace's Homepage -----  CLICK HERE!

Gallery Last Updated:  6 January 2009