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AAW 1997 Honorary Lifetime Member: Alan Stirt
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AAW 1997 Honorary Lifetime Member: Alan Stirt


Alan Stirt, a native of Brooklyn, NY, now lives in rural Vermont, but travels extensively lecturing and giving demonstrations. A self-taught turner, Al has presented his woodturning techniques across the U.S., in England, Ireland, Canada and New Zealand. Since 1985, he has taught turning at many craft schools including the Arrowmont School of Arts & Crafts, Anderson Ranch Arts Center, and others.
The fluted bowls of the 1970's for which he was first known were inspired by Sung Dynasty pottery, but it was Al’s exploration of carving surfaces of larger vessels and platters in the 1980s that began to set his work apart. Later, he started exploring the possibilities of other textures and surface colorings on his pieces, sometimes turning to a technique borrowed from pottery called sgraffito to cut through a colored layer to reveal the underlying surface. Work reflecting the quality and regularity of his carving (both by hand and power) have become sculptural statements.
Al views himself as but one of a continuum of bowl makers that goes back through the centuries making pieces that are not only utilitarian but also feed the human spirit.
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