Xylem Gallery

Merete Larsen

Merete Larsen has had the love of wood since her early childhood. She became a cabinet-maker and then went to West Dean College to become an antique furniture restorer. It was there that she first tried woodturning, but it wasn’t until 1992 that she seriously took it up. "My turning was from the very beginning ultra thin, inspired by 18th century Chinese porcelain. My bowls are turned out of native woods such as Sycamore, Beech and sometimes Ash. I generally turn them down to 25-38mm in thickness," she says.

Projects begin with a chainsaw and log. She cuts sections of wood from the log and brings them into the studio for work on the lathe. Her objective is to extract from the raw wood, forms that have elegance and refinement. "I like the contrast between the piece of solid wood that I mount on my lathe and the delicate and translucent object that emerges from it after hours and hours of turning."

Merete loves to decorate her pieces with bright colors, using water-based acrylics and then applying shellac as a finish.

She always searches for the perfection in the line and the shape.

Untitled: Natural Vessel by Merere Larsen

Untitled: Natural Vessel

9.25”h x 10.25”w x 9.75”d


Untitled: Yellow Vessel by Merere Larsen

Untitled: Yellow Vessel

6.5”h x 9”w x 9.25”d