Warren Vienneau began his career as a professional woodturner in Berkshire County, Massachusetts, in 1980. His flair for envisioning unique artworks from natural raw materials has made his handsome vessels popular both here and abroad. Most often working with tree burls and spalted woods, Vienneau turned to the seed pod of the banksia tree from southwestern Australia to create this eye-catching piece, more a sculpture than a vase. His individually hand turned works are exhibited in prominent galleries and at premier art shows.
The unusual surface of the banksia seed pod is stippled with tiny bumps and covered with oval openings that resemble eyes or pairs of lips---your imagination, your choice. Standing 7 1/2 inches tall on a 1 3/4 inch diameter base, this piece is 4 1/2 inches wide across the belly and weighs 1 pound 3 ounces. Banksia seed pods have dense, heavy cores, which helps this vase to sit evenly and firmly. It's in great condition; there is a hairline crack in the underside of the rim surrounding the tiny mouth, but we believe it was in the wood when it was turned, as it does not continue downward onto the collar. In photograph # 5, you can see Warren Vienneau's hand printed signature and the year he created it--1991--both in ink on that small base.
This vase is a work of art and a conversation starter in any setting.