Artists Max Bainbridge and Abigail Booth sourced the rich wood for this English brown oak vessel from a felled tree discovered on a Somerset estate.
It is the fungi found on the forest floor where this tree lay for almost 60 years that gives this form its incredibly rich, dark color. Once cut and dried, the fungi leave the wood, leaving the natural pigment behind.
This piece was then lathe turned and charred by a fire lit from within and stoked over several hours before being hand-oiled to illuminate the natural warmth of the rich oak wood.
Through gesture of the maker and interaction with the natural, the wood's distinctive elements are elevated and transformed into objects symbolic of human ritual — canvases that conjure both the meditative and monumental.
Artists Max Bainbridge and Abigail Booth source their natural materials from urban and rural landscapes in and around the UK and use fire, earth, water and hand tools to shape the wood and build subtle shifts in color on the surface of each piece. Their exploration of the living tree is rooted in the physicality of the embodied vessel and carved object. These organic vessels provoke thought and dialogue around landscape, material, process and ritual.