Ash Wooden Bowl Orh Clay Pinch Pot

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Project by MrWolfe posted 05-26-2022 05:35 AM 681 views 1 time favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Now for something completely different.

This ash bowl was one of the first bowls I turned last year. Here is a picture of the completed bowl.
It is the one on the left in the middle row.

While I enjoyed making it and thought it was great it was really a learning exercise, both then and now. The wall thickness varied quite a bit from thin at the lip to thick on the widest part of the bowl and then thinner towards the bottom. Also I was never quite happy with the finish that yellowed the ash.

I suppose a little background info is necessary if one doesn’t know of George Edgar Ohr, the Mad Potter of Biloxi.
This is a picture of him and a couple of his pots.

A google search will show a lot of his pottery where he folded, twisted and manipulated the clay.

Now back to this piece.
I am currently waiting for some urns I’m making to stabilize and I thought I would carve the old ash bowl and see if I could immulate Ohr’s style in wood. The thick midsection of the bowl lent itself to carving this project perfectly.

This is what I ended up with after a day of carving, sanding, dying and waxing.

I’m undecided about it but I am very happy to have done it.
I’ve got my eye on more of my old bowls…

This piece is ash and after sitting around for almost 10 months it was pretty dry. It did move a lot and I went back and trued up the opening. The design was freehand and it spontaneously changed on me which I am very happy with the results. The dye is chromacraft wood dyes. These are the same dyes I used for the carving In The Realm of Speculative Fiction.

This piece is meant to be a tribute to Ohr and not so much to appropriate his style. I’ve been wanting to try and make wood have the appearance of plastic or clay. I should have taken a picture of the raw ash before I dyed it. It looked like porcelain.

This piece is roughly 5 1/2” x 2” and with the lid and simple finial it is about 2 3/4”

I did a lot of sanding but only up to 240 grit. After the dye I used a U.V. resistant clear poly from a spray can and buffed it with Renaissance Microcrystaline wax.

Thanks for looking.
C & C welcome as always.

Here is a picture of the bottom of the Ash Wooden Bowl Orh Clay Pinch Pot.

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#1 posted 05-26-2022 10:30 AM

Congratulations! You combined George Ohr with Mark Rothko and created a fusion of surrealism and Pop Art. What a fun piece! It looks like a dried up green pepper and I mean that in the best possible way. A very imaginative and playful piece, and a great way to push the boundaries of woodworking. Thanks for posting.

-- Leafherder

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#2 posted 05-26-2022 10:41 AM

Very interesting, and a nice looking piece. Adding the hand carving to the bowl is a nice touch. Well done.

-- Eric, building the dream. the "Loft"

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#3 posted 05-26-2022 10:46 AM

Well done … A beautiful piece !!

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#4 posted 05-26-2022 11:39 AM

Wow… love the creativity!

-- "What do you mean, 'Give me some wild cherry gall?' What do you think, this stuff grows on trees or something?"

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#5 posted 05-26-2022 11:40 AM

Definitely different. Nice job.


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#6 posted 05-26-2022 01:17 PM

Very cool! It looks like something out of Alice in Wonderland. At first glance, it looks like something made from resin. The fact that you were able to accomplish that from wood is amazing!

-- Phil, Missouri,

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#7 posted 05-26-2022 01:32 PM

Great work of Ohr.

Also looks like a bell pepper.

-- James E McIntyre

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#8 posted 05-26-2022 02:13 PM

thats real cool i love your creativity jon.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#9 posted 05-26-2022 02:16 PM


-- I still love you baby, but I sure don't want you back... Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown

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#10 posted 05-26-2022 02:38 PM

Fabulous Jon. I saw the pepper too.

-- Think safe, be safe

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#11 posted 05-26-2022 06:19 PM

Hello everyone!
Thanks for all the compliments.

Yes. I can see the influences you’ve mentioned. This may be the first one that I intentionally tried to make in a particular style from a certain artist. I’m guessing the Rothko influence is the dye? Its a little more clear in person and some of the grain is visible that doesn’t show in the photos. I tried to pop the grain of the ash with a butane torch before I dyed it. I need to practice that technique some more. Thanks for the comments.

Thank you. Carving is something I occasionally do but I must say I enjoy turning more than carving.
This is something I’ve been intending to do for some time now. There will be more in the future.


I love mixing things up and sometimes its a gamble. Sometimes it pays off and sometimes not so much. But the experience itself is worth it.

Thanks. I wanted to do something different.
Mission accomplished!

Thank you Sir! I can see the Alice in Wonderland reference. I really wanted to push the boundries of what my wood bowls look like. I wanted it to not look like wood.

Ohr was fantastic. I like when artists redefine their artform. I can see that too.

Thank you Sir! Gotta keep it interestingd or I start to get bored.

Thank you Sir!!! Thats what I was going for and I appreciate your comment.

Thanks and this is a little out of my comfort zone but I’ve been wanting to try this for a while. Yes… I can’t not see it now. =P

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#12 posted 05-26-2022 06:49 PM

I’m with Leaf in thinking you left your bell pepper in the fruit drawer a tad too long!

No disrespect intended, this has a living appearance that is remarkable! The photos transition in my mind between real and something computer generated, can’t explain it (but I like it!)

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#13 posted 05-28-2022 02:17 AM

Nice homage to the style.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#14 posted 06-07-2022 01:53 AM

Thanks for the comment. Sorry I’m so long in replying. These days I spend more time in the shop than not.
Living thing from a piece of dead wood is a great compliment. Thanks again.

Ohr’s work is pretty cool. I may try something similar but with a more original design soon. Honestly though, I’d rather be turning. Thanks for the comment.

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