Robert F. Lyon

robert-f-lyonRobert will be doing two rotations this year.

Respect the Spindle

During my demo and PowerPoint presentation, we will explore how design affects what we make, and how you can apply some of its principles to your tunings. I will demonstrate my approach to spindle turning and how I have incorporated pencils and other objects into many of my works. I will also explain why spindle turning is at the root of all turning, and why I think it holds so many possibilities for creative expression.  I will also show you how I prepare the blanks, and the cutting and sanding techniques I use to complete the finished pieces.

Shaping Space

During my demo and PowerPoint presentation, we will explore how design affects what we make, and how you can apply some of its principles to your turnings. You will also see how nature has inspired some of your favorite turners.

I will show you how I prepare one of my pencil vessels for hollowing from blank to lathe, and demonstrate and discuss the hollowing process.  I will also show you how I prepare the blanks, and the cutting and sanding techniques I use to complete the finished vessels.

Bio

Robert F. Lyon was awarded the MFA degree from the Tyler School of Art, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1977. He has been the recipient of many awards and grants, which include a National Endowment for the Arts Visual Artists Fellowship in sculpture, a Southeastern Artists Fellowship from the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art and a Project Grant from the Southeastern College Art Conference. Lyon has been an artist-in-residence at Artpark, Lewiston, New York, Sculpture Space, Inc. in Utica, New York, The Banff Center in Banff, Canada, and the Kohler Company in Kohler, Wisconsin, and the 2009 Windgate ITE International Residency, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was an invited participant in the 2012 and 2014 Emma International Collaboration in Saskatoon, Canada, and has participated several times in the Echo Lake Collaboration, held at Bucks County Community College in Newtown, Pennsylvania. In 2013 Robert was awarded the South Carolina Arts Commission’s Fellowship in Craft.

In 2015 Robert Lyon was named Distinguished Professor Emeritus from the University of South Carolina. He is represented by Blue Spiral 1 Gallery in Asheville, North Carolina, and resides in Columbia, South Carolina.

You can see some of my work on my website: www.robertflyon.com