Large Cherry Medusaform

Alexander de Vol
Large Cherry Medusaform is a wooden decorative object by artist Alexander de Vol. Playing with material perceptions, Alexander has mimicked the appearance of metal to produce a deliberately ambiguous, hand-carved vessel made from the wood of a Cherry tree. Sourcing his wood from ecologically felled trees, Alexander has created a fascinating collection of work, exclusively for The New Craftsmen, which incorporates the unique quirks and natural features of British hardwoods.

Material: Cherry wood, wax and metal powders
Dimensions: Height: 23cm, L: 35cm Width: 35cm
Care Instructions: Clean with a dry cloth
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After obtaining wood from a recently felled Cherry tree, and carving his ‘Medusaform’ on the lathe, Alexander scorches the vessel black and buffs with India ink, wax and metal powders, to create a lustrous effect. The final finish is reminiscent of graphite, but by leaving the wood’s grain pattern visible, Alexander nods to its natural features. Thus adding an intriguing layer of material ambiguity, which plays with our perception of the piece.
The Maker Alexander de Vol Wood Artist - North West England

Alexander de Vol is a designer, artist and maker whose work investigates the material properties of wood and their transferal into other materials. Alexander uses a mix of traditional casting methods and new technologies to document the natural behavior and movement of the vessels which he crafts from 'green wood', while taking care to preserve the features he feels are aesthetically synonymous with the material's origin. Alongside his artistic practice, Alexander lectures in design at the University of Central Lancashire and his work has been featured in numerous exhibitions, including Burberry’s Makers House in London.