Works from the Wood Lathe Matthew Hatala / Woodturner
Born in Portland Oregon in 1952. The oldest of nine children, he learned his work ethics of hard work and attention to detail at an early age. He attended the University of Oregon and studied as an Art History Major. Moving from Hawaii, he became a resident of Madison Co. Georgia in 1979. Married Beatriz Lilly in 1980 who is a photographer and glass artist. Matthew was a carpenter and homebuilder by trade, so the move to the lathe was a natural one for creativity and expression.
"Watching my wife succeed at her art inspired me to turn my love of woodworking into a different direction, woodturning as art." From his first crude turning in November 1991, this hobby turned to passion. Matthew has a keen sense on how to best bring out the most stunning patterns in the wood. The use of burls, natural rims, and hollow form turnings make a nice contrast to his more elegant lidded containers with horizontal handles and his more classical forms.
"My work has a broad range so as to appeal to all people,
I believe everyone should have a beautiful piece of wood to
hold, to touch and to appreciate. If you take the time to look,
you will see the beauty in each piece of wood."
Matthew turns one of kind pieces. The woods come from around the world, some so rare and expensive they are sold by the pound. Others, just as exciting, can be found in you own backyard.
My studio is always open year round.
2591 Roger Mill Rd.
Danielsville Ga. 30633
THE DETROIT INSTITUTE OF ART THE UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN MUSEUM
THE MOBILE MUSEUM OF ART
THE NEW YORK MUSEUM OF ART AND DESIGN THE MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS, BOSTON MA.
THE CAFESJIAN MUSEUM OF ART, YEREVAN ARMENIA THE FULLER CRAFTS MUSEUM : BROCKTON MA. PEABODY ESSEX MUSEUM: SALEM MA.
THE CINCINNATI MUSEUM OF ART