Information Age Exhibitions of Ornamental Turning

OT Exhibitions in the Information Age


Exhibitions of ornamental turning during the Information Age increasingly appeared in public galleries and, by 1993, began to stage OT-themed shows of items for sale. Other annual and biennial events sponsored by the SOT and OTI organizations furthered the reach of OT objects on display. Additionally, ornamental turnings by European craftsmen from the 17th through 19th centuries could be seen at more public museums throughout the world than ever before. Below are many of the exhibits that occurred.

Public exhibition events
  • 1978 - Model Engineer's Exhibition, Wembley Conference Centre
  • 1984 - Fred Howe Ornamental Turning Exhibition, Science Museum, Kensington, London. (31 October 1984 to 2 December, 1984)
  • 1987 - International Turned Objects Show (ITOS), Philadelphia, PA. Included work of Dale Chase.
  • 1993 - Practical Woodworking Woodturning Show, National Exhibition Centre, Birmingham. (2-3 October 1993)
  • 1995 - M. Dale Chase Solo Exhibition, Del Mano Gallery, Los Angeles, CA. May 1 – 31, 1995. This was the first exhibit in America of exclusively ornamental turned work.
  • 1995 - Ornamental Turnings: An Exhibition of Embellished Containers Created on Ornamental Lathes, Del Mano Gallery, Los Angeles, CA. July 15 through August 15, 1995. Featuring works by Armbruster, Chase, DuPlessis, Fletcher, Giesmann, Krick, and Sauer.
  • 2005 - M. Dale Chase Solo Exhibition, Del Mano Gallery, Los Angeles, CA.
  • 2008 - Rose Engines and Kings: Contemporary Ornamental Turning 2008, Wood Turning Center, Philadelphia, PA (February 1 - March 22, 2008). Exhibited Artists: Walter Balliet, John Buehrer, M. Dale Chase, Charles A. Collins, Gorst du Plessis, John Edwards, Dewey Garrett, Bonnie Klein, Glenn Krueg, Jon Magill, Robert Sakauye, Joshua Salesin, Jon Sauer, and Len Scherock.
  • 2008 - Exhibition of Paintings and Ornamental Turning, Chapel Row Gallery, Bath, UK (April 5 - 22, 2008)
  • 2008 - Wizardry in Wood, Carpenters Hall, Throgmorton Avenue, London (June 4-6, 2008)
  • 2011 - Exotic Woods, Metal Cutters and Dale Chase: Ornamental Turning from the Walter Balliet Collection, Wood Turning Center, Philadelphia, PA. (March 4 through July 23, 2011)
  • 2011 - SOT at Bristol Model Engineering Show, The Leisure Centre, Thornbury (August 19, 20 and 21, 2011)
  • 2012 - Wizardry in Wood, Carpenters Hall, Throgmorton Avenue, London (October 16 - 20, 2012)
  • (Additional listings pending)

The only constant in my work is change, and relying on my intuition from previous experience and exposure. I am a student of the history of turning. I turn every day as it is the relaxation that I get in contrast to my 'Day Job,' the practice of medicine. I love what I do - and what I do is the fruit of my passion.

Gorst duPlessis (circa 2012)

Toolmakers of the Information Age
  • Walter Balliet
  • Ray Lawler
  • Paul Cler
  • Fred Armbruster
  • Al Collins
  • Lindow-White
Exhibitions in the Information Age