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  • Obsessive Skill

  • Thousands of lines and fields of color decorate a bowl carved from madrone by local artist John Dowling.
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      Davis & Cline Gallery is located at 525 A St., Suite 1, in Ashland. Gallery hours are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.
      For more information, call the gallery at 541-482-2069 or visit www.davisandcline.com.
  • Thousands of lines and fields of color decorate a bowl carved from madrone by local artist John Dowling.
    "It's called '20,000 Touches,'" he said. "That's a realistic estimate of the number of times the bowl was touched."
    The bowl is part of an exhibit of obsessive, meticulously created vessels, sculptures and paintings at the Davis & Cline Gallery in Ashland. The show runs through July 27.
    Dowling, who gets his madrone from a neighbor, works from a cabin and historic barn below Pilot Rock southeast of Ashland.
    He turns newly cut, wet madrone on a lathe to achieve bowl shapes, then lets the wood dry before sanding it to a smooth finish.
    Using a burning tool shaped like a small scalpel, Dowling draws intricate patterns on the bowls, then uses aniline dyes to add color.
    The designs reference different architectural styles, or various cultures from around the world.
    "I tend to try to fuse styles together to get my designs," he said, noting that one bowl combines Latino and Asian patterns, while another is influenced by designs from India and the European Baroque period.
    Portland artist Linda Ethier is showing fused glass pieces modeled after leaves, seedpods, eggshells, bird skulls, feathers and other forms from nature.
    "These pieces are somewhat about memory and recollection," she said. "They are about remembering things that were magical, like when you were a kid walking in the forest and you found that special feather or stick or stone. Everyone's had that experience of having a little collection and how magical they were — and still are. We overlook them now."
    The sculpture "Hatchling" features a nest made of fused glass leaves, with glass seedpods nestled inside.
    "Perfume of the Forest" includes a bird skull, feathers, eggshells, leaves and twigs — all made from fused glass.
    To create the pieces, Ethier said she makes molds and fills them with finely ground glass that is mixed with a binder. She fires the glass to create the delicate, translucent forms.
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