A graduate of the University of Minnesota in Music and Fine Arts, Bob Carls earned a B.S. in Fine and Applied Arts from the University of Oregon and has taken post graduate courses at the University of Minnesota. He has participated in numerous shows and exhibitions and his work is found in private collections throughout the United States and internationally. In June 2000, Bob opened Ripple River Gallery in Aitkin, Minnesota where he features original work of regional artists in addition to his own work.
I am a full-time studio artist, creating both functional and decorative lathe-turned and carved wood vessels and sculptural objects. Much of the material for these vessels and objects is harvested from my immediate environment – the woodlands surrounding my rural Minnesota studio.
My work focuses on function or implied function, acknowledging the history of the vessel. I frequently work with green wood. As it dries, the form changes and wonderful textures develop. This would be impossible to achieve with dry wood. I am challenged by creating wood forms that involve craftsmanship of chance rather than craftsmanship of certainty.
The wood vessel becomes a vehicle through which I attempt to connect with my own human experience. My work is drawn from my personal experience and value system and I strive for continuity, historical context and a high level of workmanship.
Care of the wood vessel
To care for your decorative wood vase or jar, simply dust with a soft cloth. To clean functional pieces, such as salad and storage bowls, wipe them with a damp cloth and mild soap solution. Dry thoroughly and rub with a soft cloth. Store all wood items out of direct sunlight.