Two generations of the famed wood-turning Moulthrop family spoke to an overflowing crowd of wood turners and art enthusiasts at the Colquitt County Arts Center on the morning of Saturday, Jan. 16.
Philip Moulthrop and his son, Matt, explained their technique, philosophy, and inspiration to a crowd of more than 60 in the newly renovated Vereen Gallery.
Matt Moulthrop told the group that he held to the classic sculptor's concept of "Revelation: discovering the art within," saying that he thought of himself as a sculptor, uncovering the art piece that already exists within the rough piece of wood.
Philip Moulthrop pointed out that he and Matt have been continually refining and innovating the process that his late father, Ed Moultrop, began perfecting in the 1950s. They often invent and build their own tools and techniques, which accounts for the fact that their bowls display shapes and finishes that few other wood turners can achieve.
Their presentation followed Friday night’s gallery opening at the Arts Center, which also served as an unveiling of the newly renovated Vereen Gallery, a farewell to outgoing Director Jeff Ophime, and a celebration of the 70th anniversary of the founding of the Moultrie Service League.
The Moulthrop bowls will be on display at the Colquitt County Arts Center until Feb. 13, after which many of the pieces will move to the High Museum in Atlanta. View source and photos.