Large Ash Vessel XI

Anthony Bryant
Large Ash Vessel XI 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 and the beautiful grain, which can now be marvelled at in the form of this one-of-a-kind vessel.

Material: Ash
cm: Diameter 39cm, Height 45cm
inches: Diameter 15.4in, Height 17.7in
Care Instructions: Dust gently with a dry cloth


Anthony turns his pieces with his own handmade tools while the wood is green and sap-filled, over the span of several days. 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. Anthony only uses English wood, such as oak or ash, for their unique aesthetic and materiality. He found this particular piece difficult to make, as the original lump of ash was very heavy. In making a classic urn shape, it is very easy to make a mistake when cutting at the rim, where the gouge can easily ‘catch’ and split the whole piece. It requires an enormous amount of concentration over multiple days to successfully cut and remove the inside of the piece. The vessel is then left to dry, during which it warps into its final 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.