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Winter Solstice Sculpture

Wood Platter

Created by Keoni Carlson
Carved wood platter re-imagined to appear as woven and beaded basketry. Ideal as a centerpiece, tabletop sculpture, or wall hanging. Each piece is unique with some variations.

Inspiration for the artwork comes from Hopi Nation tribal storytelling and imagery. The Hopi Nation settled the plateaus of what is now northern Arizona. and were often associated with Kachina dolls that represented spirit deities and magical powers. The Hopi were also skilled weavers, potters, and silversmiths: they took inspiration from the desert and high mountain colors surrounding the tribe. Here, wood artist Keoni Carlson adapts imagery from the Soyal Solstice Ceremony, a 16-day celebration feast timed to the Winter Solstice. A stylized sun with wind elements grace the platter's front; the back is executed in a detailed beading pattern honoring the tribal Sun Priest.

The carving technique traces back to sculpture of the Kamakura period in 12th century Japan. To create the piece, a block of sugar maple is spun on a lathe and turned to create the canvas. Spokes and rings are then individually carved. Following a resting period, the wood moisture content is stabilized at 7000' altitude at the artist's Colorado mountain home. Once seasoned, the artwork is moved from the wood shop to the finishing studio, where the design is burned onto the wood using 1/8" straight lines then colored with hand-applied India inks.

Not food or microwave safe; dust by hand. Keep out of direct sunlight.

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