The Prison of Iao

Karen and I have always been makers. Our folks were makers and passed down both skills and the love of creating something with our hands. Although neither of us has ever made a living from it making always been a big part of who we are and what we do. Karen took her degree in Fine Arts and went off to be a nurse while I took my degree in Geology and went off to be a salesman. Our individual making skills seem to have crossed paths when I bought a wood lathe 7 years ago.  Quickly wood turning became one of the most satisfying creative processes I'd ever found and Karen just as quickly discovered the reject pile and started using and honing all the sculpture and color skills she learned in college. We've been happily married for 27 years have become quite the team producing turned wood bowls and art pieces. The question of inspiration seems to always come up. Our answer? “We opened our eyes this morning.” We are members of the Mid Columbia Wood Turners and the American Association of Woodturners, attend several turning symposium and workshops each year. Our work can be seen at the Oak Hollow Gallery in Yakima, the Short Term Gallery in Baker City, Or and The Northwest Woodworkers Gallery in Seattle. You are invited to see our work and watch our progress on our website www.patandkarenmiller.com

- Pat Miller

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