Gary Bradley

 GARY BRADLEY, WOOD ARTIST

Pacific Northwest artist Gary Bradley first became intrigued with turning wood after he inherited a lathe from his father in 2005. His first creations included vases, candle holders and captive-ring baby rattles, but his interests evolved quickly to include oil lamps, bowls and sphere turning, too. Today, Gary specializes in turning indigenous hardwoods into gallery-quality pieces of art.

Gary’s wood studio is tucked in amongst a stand of towering Douglas Firs, and he draws inspiration from their strong and graceful forms. His life-long love of these beautiful trees helps inform his philosophy that each piece of wood - whether it’s dense black walnut, sweet-smelling Pacific madrone, Oregon myrtlewood, claro walnut or cherry – will show him what it is meant to be.

Once Gary has begun turning a chunk, careful to peel away ribbons of sapwood to get to the heart, he responds to each piece’s individual call to be a bowl, a smooth sphere, a natural-edge oil lamp or something else entirely. He uses a bowl gouge and detail gouge to shape the wood, and then sands the piece and finishes it with natural walnut oil and Carnauba wax. From start to finish, Gary does all of his own work: cutting bowl blanks, shaping and smoothing concavities, adding beading and accent lines, buffing and finishing.

A native to the Pacific Northwest, Gary has a firm sense of place that is only enhanced by working with the kinds of wood he’s grown up admiring. He is committed to using wood that is either salvaged or has been cut using environmentally sound practices. All of Gary’s bowls are completed using food-safe finishes.   

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This section is intended as more a history of the work this artist has displayed over time at Ocean Beaches Glassblowing & Gallery, and not a catalog of what's currently available.  As such, it is useful more as a means of seeing the evolution of an artists' work, rather than a representation of what the artist is currently creating.  Techniques, colors used, and even form of color are elements that are likely to change over time.  Also, some pieces will be unique combinations of color and movement that artist may not be able to reproduce.

The gallery at Ocean Beaches Glassblowing & Gallery includes work from nearly 50 different artists, all from the Pacific Northwest, almost all from Oregon, and most from Oregon's central coast.  Whereas Bob creates his work exclusively within our studio, the other artists have their own studios in which they create their work.  Though our gallery basically just purchases their work to sell, we like to promote them in any way we can - which includes showcasing them on our website.  Their appearance here is in no way meant to imply that they work for Bob or for Ocean Beaches Glassblowing. 


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