Jamie Donaldson first learned about wood in a high school shop class. His interest continued and in 1986 he purchased a lathe and began taking wood turning workshops. Each workshop instructor taught him new techniques and gave him experiences and ideas to fuel his work. Jamie uses regional hardwoods in his turnings.
Speaking of the hours he spends at the lathe, Jamie explains, “The fellowship of wood and steel is a spiritual experience by itself, and the yield is always more than art or kindling. Wood is a gift of Nature, each piece unique and full of potential surprises.” Jamie creates turnings that are one-of-a-kind. He sometimes utilizes thorns for legs on his turned bowls and often allows the natural bark edges to remain.
Jamie’s work can be found at the Kentucky Museum of Art & Craft, Louisville, KY; and the Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea, Berea, KY.