Heather Lynn Ashworth
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Growing up as the child of two career military parents, I moved every three or four years. Between moves some collectibles in the décor remained constant, but many of the large furniture pieces were left behind as “not worth the move”. While my nomad childhood was full of rich and rewarding experiences, I had the contrast of regularly visiting my grandparents’ house full of life-long treasures. Still today, I visit their home and feel the comfort and warmth of quality crafted furniture that was passed down to them from their parents or that they collected long before I was born. This dichotomy between furniture bought more for its immediate efficiency and practicality, and heirloom pieces, has influenced my approach to studio furniture.
In my early work, I was trying to find my artistic language or voice by employing initial instruction and techniques. I explored several time-honored techniques such as tambour doors, book-matching, and bent lamination, etc. I experimented by introducing both weaving and curves to provide warmth and soften the clean minimal lines to juxtapose the traditional with the contemporary. This relationship ultimately paved the way to my current work.
In my current work, I discovered a rhythm for marrying both traditional skills and materials with clean contemporary lines. My designs place a focus on elegance and tranquility by pushing the placement of curves and thinness of material. I began this pursuit through the Desk and Chair ensemble striving for a minimal and open feel. The Entry Table, my final piece in this series, I achieved the sophisticated aesthetic that I sought. The process of applying the Buttermilk milk paint to the base lets me push the visual lightness of the foundation and enhance the unique characteristics of the tabletop.
I seek the same harmony in the design of my ceramics. Although I pursued these two mediums independently, ceramics and wood, I was deliberate, in preparing for this exhibition, to bring the two together. The subtle shapes combined with my Serenity Blue glaze complements the language of my furniture and enhances the contrast between light and dark.
One of my goals is to persuade the public to approach furniture collecting as they might any other piece of art or fine collectible. Finding fine quality and complimentary pieces of furniture would revive the tradition of passing cherished family heirlooms from one generation to the next. This goal is the motivating force that keeps me focused on using quality materials, expert techniques, and designing furniture with the express purpose of creating a beautiful and yet functional studio piece.