William Pickerd, b. 1946, Deadwood, SD, (United States)
Life as a teacher, woodworker and artist are all a part of the metamorphosis of a woodworker turned sculptor. For a woodworking teacher of 35 years, preoccupied with the wood lathe, turning alabaster satisfies William Pickerd's need to create. He grew up in Northeast Wyoming around Sundance. After graduating from Black Hills State a restless spirit lead him from Wyoming to South Dakota to Wisconsin to Arizona and finally to the great Northwest. In Arizona he found the love of my life, who is now his best critic and inspirational soul mate. Together they and their two children found a home in Oregon, where the scenic McKenzie River meets the mighty Willamette at the south end of the Willamette Valley.
After years of teaching, with summers spent working in the woods and 13 seasons of commercial fishing on a salmon seiner in the waters of Alaska off Kodiak Island, the need to “go further” still excites him. As an artist and sculptor whose primary tool is the lathe, Pickerd leans toward minimalism. His vessel shapes, turned very thin, allow the stone to reveal prehistoric landscapes that, with every touch of the tool, amazes all.