Darrell Copeland is no longer an emerging artist: he has arrived. A woodturner who is breaking new ground with color and texture, Darrell was a 2012 resident at the prestigious International Turning Exchange at Philadelphia’s Center for Art in Wood, an honor given to only four artists each year. In summer of 2013, he’ll be a juried artist at the American Association of Woodturning’s annual conference exhibit and in 2012, he was included in the International Invitational Exhibition of Turned or Sculpted Wood of the Southern Highland Craft Guild, of which he is a member. He has been exhibited in the NC Arboretum, The Mobile Museum of Art, and the Simeon B Chapin Art Museum, among others.
All this recognition for Darrell’s work isn’t surprising. His simple geometric forms paired with vibrant colors are innovative in wood. His striking sculptural and functional pieces (wall hangings, bowls, vessels, tea pots) originate on the lathe, but he takes them further, carving, burning, and painting the surfaces to achieve the texture that has become the hallmark of his work.
We’ll visit Darrell in the stunning home studio he built after moving to Western North Carolina in 2003. We’ll divide our time between gazing at the dramatic mountain views and focusing on the studio, where Darrell will give us insight into how he works the lathe to achieve some of the most interesting effects you’ll see in woodturning today.