Two decades ago I began to experiment with epoxy resin in my turning, using it as both part of the design and as a structural component. The addition of resin has allowed me to create a variety of effects and, more importantly, to stretch the limits of my capabilities. For several years now I have focused on the split vessel form. A split bowl is like a boat –a single shallow turning cut in two and rejoined along the rim forms the boat shape. Because the turning begins as a board which can be maneuvered through a band saw, I can create a composition of line, contrast, texture and negative space within each of the two halves in a style similar to segmented turning. This technique has been the means for expressing the look I wish to achieve. The “vessel and stand” series of split vessel forms is intended to evoke the human figure and convey a suggestion of fashion, particularly the elegant, classic fashions of former eras when elegance and style were the cultural ideal. I want the viewer to think of the golden age of art deco, tuxes, tails, top hats and formal gowns; a mood of high society and elegance.