An Artistic Legacy
A sublime new exhibit, “Moulthrop Generations: Turned
Wood Bowls by Ed, Philip and Matt Moulthrop,” arrives at the
After earning an MFA in architecture from
The late Ed Moulthrop’s most expressive piece is his sizable Tulipwood Bowl (1986), which presents a circular picture of nature with deep, variegated, chocolate-colored wood grains permeating the shallow bowl. The bowl has a 2.5-foot diameter.
Ed’s son Philip developed 3-foot-high vase forms, as well as what is described as a mosaic bowl. His Bundled Mosaic Bowl (1998), from wild cherry wood and epoxy, presents a contrast of pattern.
Matt Moulthrop added 134 new species
to their repertoire of native woods, and created larger pieces such as the
3.5-foot-high Chalice, which is turned from holly. In
fact, the Moulthrops produce some of the largest wood-turned pieces in the
country, and their work has been collected by a variety of prestigious museums,
From miniature bowls to magnificent vase forms, these works of art uncover the stories of the trees from which they’ve been created. These organic containers require no contents to fill them except for the imagination. Perhaps every recycled tree, however momentarily, can remind us that even the scraps of today’s society often acquire a quintessential purpose and elegance when touched by gifted hands.