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Workshop with Merryll Saylan

January 17, 2019 - January 18, 2019



Workshop with Merryll Saylan

Who: Artist Merryll Saylan
What: Two-Day Woodturning and Surface Treatment Workshop
When: January 17 & 18, 2019, | 10 am – 4 pm each day
Where: Dovetail Wood Arts | MaKen North, 3525 I Street, Philadelphia, PA 19134
Skill Level: All Levels
Cost: $300 Members$350 Non-Members
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In collaboration with The Center for Art in Wood and Dovetail Wood Arts and in conjunction with the exhibition Merryll Saylan: This Is Your Life, renowned artist Merryll Saylan will lead a two-day intensive workshop inviting participants of all skill levels to explore woodturning, color, and surface embellishment.

Saylan is known for her pioneering use of color and texture in wood and the creation of turned wood objects that transcend their everyday domesticity. In this two-day workshop, participants will create wooden platters under Saylan’s guidance, honing their skills on the lathe. They will then turn their focus to surfaces and the unique character of wood, with Saylan demonstrating pigmentation, texture, and pyrography approaches and techniques. On Saturday, January 19, 2019, workshop participants are invited to attend the closing of the exhibition Merryll Saylan: This is Your Life, at which the finished pieces from the workshop will be displayed. Saylan will give a talk discussing her life and the development of her body of work.

Merryll Saylan has been a practicing studio artist since the late 1970s. Her work is held in important public and private collections, among them the Museum of Arts and Design, New York; the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; the Smithsonian Institution’s Renwick Gallery, Washington, DC; and Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, CT. Her life and work are documented in the Smithsonian Archives of American Art. Saylan is deeply involved in the art, craft, and woodworking communities as a maker, teacher, and writer, and she has served on the boards of American Association of Woodturners, Collectors of Wood Art, and The Center for Art in Wood.

Dovetail Wood Arts is a woodworking studio owned and operated by artist Suzanne Bonsall Kahn. Originally a fine-furniture maker, Kahn enrolled in a bowl-turning workshop out of curiosity and woodturning very quickly became her technique of choice in crafting functional and sculptural work.  With a primary focus on woodturning, Kahn teaches adults and children the safe use of tools and machinery and supports each student’s creative voice. Located at MaKen Studios, in the Kensington neighborhood of Philadelphia, Dovetail offers classes for absolute beginners as well as more experienced turners in advanced techniques. Dovetail studio also hosts visiting artists and craftspersons for collaborative workshops and demonstrations.

The Center for Art in Wood is a non-profit arts organization located in Philadelphia that nurtures and promotes the innovation of art in wood through collaborative residencies, exhibitions, education, and documentation.  The Center also maintains an inspirational collection and a research library to enhance the understanding and appreciation of the art.

 Workshop Volunteers: Artist Amy Forsyth, Artist Susan Hagen


Thursday, January 17, 2019
Dovetail Wood Arts – Woodturning
10 am – 4 pm

Friday, January 18, 2019
Dovetail Wood Arts – Surface Treatment
10 am – 4 pm

Saturday, January 19, 2019
The Center for Art in Wood – Gallery Talk, Closing Reception, and viewing of finished pieces from the workshop
2 pm – 4 pm

All materials are included in the cost of the workshop.

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Cancelation Policy
Cancelations of a workshop must be made by email. The Center will offer a full refund if notice is given at least 30 days prior to the workshop. Refunds will not be given after that date.

The Center for Art in Wood reserves the right to cancel a workshop due to severe weather or unforeseen circumstances. Participants will be notified in advance and offered a full refund.

For questions contact Katie Sorenson, Development and Events Manager at [email protected] or 215-923-8000 ext 103.

Support for the Merryll Saylan Workshop is provided by the Dolfinger McMahon Foundation.



January 17, 2019
January 18, 2019
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Dovetail Wood Arts
MaKen North, 3525 I Street
Philadelphia, PA 19134 United States
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