MICHELLE HOLZAPFEL: WOODTURNER AND CARVER is a portrait
of the Vermont artist. Michelle creates exquisite vessels
turned and carved out of Vermont hardwood burls. In this short
piece she reflects on her creative process as we see her working
on several vessels in various stages of completion. She speaks
of the influences on her work- domestic life, the Catholic
Church and nature.
"I never anticipated what a successful and valuable tool
this video would be. I've had many requests for copies from
woodworking colleagues, both hobbyists and professionals--especially
Industrial Arts teachers who are eager to show examples of
women working comfortably with power tools.
The most important part of working with Alan Dater and
Lisa Merton was their support for my efforts to verbalize
the subjective, non-verbal impetus behind my work. They skillfully
wove the separate stories of geographical setting, materials
and techniques, and personal history, which inform my aesthetic
choices. They created a satisfying and coherent narrative
from an intrinsically chaotic process."