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ABOVE Pith vessel
  • LEFT Lidded box
  • MIDDLE Lidded box

Mark Hanvey

Mark Hanvey has been working with wood for over 25 years, both at the lathe and the bench. From his studio in Newtownards, Co. Down, he makes some of the most exciting and innovative turned objects from a variety of specially chosen woods. His work embodies a deep respect for the material that he loves and he strives to connect with the purest elements of wood. This is very evident in his ‘Pith vessel’ work where the pith (a soft cellular material at the centre of the tree), usually discarded, is carved around and exposed, celebrating this vital part of the tree.

Much of his turned work explores the concepts of space and a desire to follow the undulations of the chosen wood. In many cases the openings of the piece playfully interact with each other creating new volumes and perspectives for the viewer to enjoy. The special nature of Hanvey’s work means that his output of vessels is low due to the time spent searching for particular pieces of wood that can accommodate the rigours and demands of his technique. In the case of his pith vessel work it is rare to find wood that has a pith that can be exploited successfully to show the true nature of the wood.

Mark’s work can be found featured in both public and private collections in Ireland and abroad, including the National Museum of Ireland, Dublin and the Department of Foreign Affairs Collection, Dublin.
 

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