Large Ash Vessel X

Anthony Bryant
Ash Vessel X by Cornish woodturner Anthony Bryant is inspired by windswept woodlands and the beauty of found timber. This decorative piece is a unique reflection of the natural world. The inherent beauty of wood, motivates Anthony to push his skills to new heights. Discovering the grain, and the way it affects the form of each piece, is central to his process. Working with fresh unseasoned wood is a journey of exploration, in which the surface reveals the story of the form. The English Ash from which this particular piece is made was discovered by Anthony in a local timber yard buried under many other trees all destined to be cut up into planks for flooring or furniture. From experience Anthony had a strong sense that there would be exciting colour hidden in the heartwood. His efforts were rewarded upon taking it back to his workshop where the beautiful grain was revealed and can now be marvelled at in the form of this one-of-a-kind, decorative vessel.

Material: English Olive Ash
cm: Width 64cm, Depth 64cm, Height 52cm
inches: Width 25.2in, Depth 25.2in, Height 20.5in
Care Instructions: Dust gently with a dry cloth


Each piece is firstly rough-hewn from the tree’s trunk using a chainsaw, before being turned on a lathe. Anthony works specifically with unseasoned, sap-filled, green wood. This is commonly referred to as ‘green-turning’ and allows a much thinner walled vessel. Green turning is a time sensitive process; as the wood dries, it warps and splits, which can impact the final piece if not approached with skill and speed. The vessel is then left to dry, during which it warps into shape.
The Maker Anthony Bryant Wood Artist - South West England

Anthony Bryant is internationally recognised for his work in 'green' woodturning. Working from his studio in Cornwall, Anthony creates work which stretches the potential of the material to its limits, both in scale and its breathtaking thinness. His thin walled green-turned wood pots showcase the technique he has developed since he began woodturning at the age of 13, with many pieces so fine the light shines through.