The Center received very sad news this week, that Irish wood turner Liam Flynn passed away in his sleep on April 14, 2017. Liam was a turner especially known for his double rim vessels. He shared his love of art through his work and giving demonstrations around the world. I knew him best from his participation in the Center’s 2006 Windgate ITE International Residency Program. At this residency, Liam worked side by side with his fellow residents sharing ideas on design and techniques. His “Still Life with Holly”, pictured below, in the Center’s museum collection, was a break through piece exploring the relationship between objects set on an integrated platform. Windgate ITE Photojournalist Vince Romaniello captured Liam’s thoughts as an artist in his YouTube linked here.

As Liam developed professionally, he was also an advocate in promoting the history and contemporary turning field in Ireland. This is best reflected in his curated exhibition Tracing the Line in 2006 at the National Craft Gallery, Kilkenny, Ireland. Liam documented the exhibition in a book of the same title.

Here is a link to an article on Liam’s passing.

Liam’s art and personality will be sorely missed in the art community.

I am certainly glad to have known him in his early years.

Albert LeCoff, Co-Founder and Executive Director, The Center for Art in Wood