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TOM RAUSCHKE

b. 1950, Milwaukee Wisconsin,

SELECTED COLLECTIONS

J. M. Kohler Art Center, Sheboygan, WI

Racine Art Museum, Racine, WI

Wood Turning Center, Philadelphia, PA

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS

2012 Turned Wood – Small Treasures, del Mano - A Gallery of Fine Contemporary Craft, LLC,

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2010 Flora & Fauna, del Mano Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

2009 Wildlife Biennial XVI, Miller Art Museum, Sturgeon Bay, WI

2007 18th Annual Teapot Show, Chiaroscuro Galleries, Chicago, IL

2006 Turned & Sculptured Wood, del Mano Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

Meet Rauschke & Wiken, Racine Art Museum, Racine, WI

2005 Functional Animalistic Forms, Wharton Esherick Museum, Paoli PA

2004 The Perfect Collection, Fuller Museum of Art, Brockton, MA

Celebrating Nature: Craft Tradition/Contemporary Expressions, Craft & Folk Art Museum,

Los Angeles, CA

The Perfect Collection, Fuller Museum of Art, Brockton, MA

The Edge of the Woods, solo show, St. Norbert College Depere, WI

2003 Into the Woods, The Greenberg Collection, Long Beach Museum, CA

2002 Six Artist Show, Gallery 110, Plymouth, WI

2001 Solo Retrospective, Villa Terrace Museum, Milwaukee, WI

Beasts of the Field, Villa Terrace Museum, Milwaukee, WI

2000 Garden Show, Kohler Art Center, Sheboygan, WI

1999 SOFA Show New York, Katie Gingrass Gallery, New York, NY

Arists Look at the Millennium, Wustum Museum, Racine, WI

1996-99 Turn, Turning, Turned-Contemporary Turned Wood Objects, (touring)

1998 Best in America, Stone Gallery, San Francisco, CA

1993 Conservation by Design, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI

1992 Lathe-Turned Objects Defined III, The Society of Arts and Crafts, Boston, MA

1991 International Lathe Turned Object Show, Woodturning Center, Philadelphia, PA

1990 Solo Exhibition, Cleveland Museum of Natural History, Cleveland, OH

1990 Woodturning: Vision and Concept II, Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, Gatlinburg, TN

1989 Idol Thoughts-Ritual Objects, Sandusky Cultural Center, Sandusky, OH

1988 Wisconsin Craft Masters, Wustum Museum, Racine, WI

1986 Art of Craft, Denver Museum of Art, Denver, CO

1985 Invitational Container Exhibition, Northwest Gallery of Fine Woodworking, Seattle, WA

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

2004 Celebrating Nature: Craft Tradition/Contemporary Expressions, Kevin Wallace, Craft & Folk Art Museum, Los Angeles, CA

400 Wood Boxes: The Fine Art of Containment & Concealment. Gunter, Veronika. Lark Books, Sterling Publications, New York, NY.

500 Wood Bowls: Bold & Original Designs Blending Tradition & Innovation. Leier, Ray; Peters, Jan & Wallace, Kevin. Lark Books, Sterling Publications, New York, NY.

2002 Making Heirloom Boxes. Lloyd, Peter. Guild of Master Craftsmen Publications, East Sussex, UK.

 

Celebrating Boxes. Crawford, Andrew & Lloyd, Peter. Linden Publishing, Fresno, CA.

STATEMENT

From the beginning my Work has been about trees. The first attraction was to the wood itself, in it’s raw form, “tree parts”. I loved all of it, the color, the grain, the knots, the bark, and even the cracks. For me it was an obvious choice, and it grew everywhere around me. All different types, most of it free, and ready to work. All I had to do is figure out a way to remove the parts that I didn’t want. That’s where tools and techniques come in.

The earliest pieces were experiments in transforming a rough, natural tree trunk into a smooth, elegant form. To do this I used a lathe, a belt sander, a drill press, saws, and sandpaper. While decidedly low-tech, I have no aversion to new tools and techniques, and have since added a band saw and a flexible shaft grinder. With each additional tool, new possibilities open up.

An early addition to my wood pieces was the incorporation of my wife Kaaren Wiken’s finely detailed embroideries. These colorful works of Fiber Art brought another level of meaning to my works, and the collaboration with my wife has taken us in directions we never would have imagined separately. Having come of age during the American Crafts Movement, we’ve always believed that the true test of an artist’s ability is what they can do with their own hands. Between the two of us we do the whole process, from envisioning it before hand, to sweeping up after, and everything in between. Our hands, our hearts.

One of my favorite occupations is turning wood on a lathe, an act I call “bringing order out of chaos”. Taking a crude irregular tree trunk and spinning it can be a death-defying event, but being able to shape it into a smooth, symmetrical form is still magical. It also allows me to remove most of the wood, leaving only a thin shell, which can then be carefully cut using a fret, or jeweler’s saw. In this way I am able to cut fine-details out of the side of a bowl shape. New doors open.

Once past how to make something, you come to the question of why to make something. A continuously recurring theme in my work has been the form and shape of a tree, standing alone, or in a grouping. A tree becomes a tree, a part of the Forest regenerates a forest. The Art we choose to make is influenced by where we live, an area of Wisconsin known as the Kettle Moraine. Oak forests and rolling prairies ride atop hills pushed up by the last Ice Age, and then reappear as the pattern cut on the edge of an oak bowl. We also make pieces that explore subjects we’re interested in. Native birds, turtles, fish, and insects have all contributed to the forms found in our work.

In a way what we do is make imagination aids, sculptural assistance to help the mind see something different, or just differently. When we are able to express some of our awe of this amazing universe, we feel most successful.

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