Kentucky Tourism

Osolnik, Joe

Berea, KY


turned wood bowls
Joe Osolnik and his brothers, sisters grew up working in the arts and crafts with their parents, Rude and Daphne Osolnik. The lathe was an integral part of Joe’s family’s everyday life. At the age of six he began learning to turn on the lathe, sand and finish wood working pieces at the Westervelt shop where his father taught.

Joe explains, “The lathe allows me to focus on the form of the piece, which is the basis of a good design. I enjoy the instant gratification of turning and finishing a piece in a relatively short amount of time. The more unique the piece of wood, the more unique the turning will be, which can lead to pleasant surprises.”

Joe enjoys creating the forms his family produced, such as twig pots, bowls, platters, candlesticks and lamps. He explains, “Our parents instilled in us the dignity of using our hands to create objects for use and beauty. It is a part of who my brothers, sisters and I are today as a family.”

Joe Osolnik’s work can be found at the Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea, Berea, KY.