“Inspired by weathered wood, I have created the Sand collection, lace made out of wood where transparency reveals the history of the tree.
In 2012, I was awarded the “Grand Prix de la Création de la Ville de Paris” (Paris City Creation Award), a nationwide competition between artisans working in all crafts, and public choice award at the 2014 International Craft Festival in Baccarat.
In 2016, I will exhibit in France at the Maison&Objet fair in January, then in March in Morges, Switzerland and May in Stockholm, Sweden.
Overseas, I am represented by Sarah Myerscough Gallery (London, UK), Cavin Morris gallery (New York, NY, USA), and you can also find my work in high end shops Luminaire (Miami, FL, USA), ABC Home (New York, NY, USA), Urban Flower Grange Hall (Dallas, TX, USA); and by appointment at my studio gallery in Goncelin (Isère, France).” (Text from the website of Pascal Oudet, July 2016.)
Pascal Oudet is a French woodturner, working near Grenoble, France, who has developed a signature style turning very thin pieces and sandblasting them to transparency, creating a delicate lace effect.
“I find part of my inspiration in the effect found on weathered woods and stones. Sun, rain, frost reveal the inner structure of the material. In my pieces, I also try to work with these characteristics on wood, playing with the grain through various surface treatments to reveal its character. By working on carefully selected trees, I create very thin pieces that I take up to transparency, creating a real lace out of wood which emphasises all the history of the trees I’m working with.
Most of the time, I have a precise idea of the piece I want to create, and then look for the wood that will render the effect I’m after. My work is primarily created on the wood lathe, but it is just a small part of the process. The tool is never a limit, only the imagination.”
Oudet’s work has been shown extensively across Europe and the USA, at SOFA, Chicago and SOFA New York, COLLECT, London, Art Paris, Révélations, France, as well as exhibitions with the American Association of Woodturners, the French Woodturners Association, The Craft and Folk Art Museum, Los Angeles and Cavin-Morris Gallery, New York. Three of his pieces are in the collection of the Museum of Arts and Design, New York, and in 2012, he was awarded the “Grand Prix de la Création de la ville de Paris” (City of Paris creation award), a nationwide professional craft competition. (Text from the website of the Sarah Myerscroft Gallery, July 2016.)