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Fuller Craft Museum opens A Taste for Spoons from the Collection of Nora and Norman Stevens

Fuller Craft Museum presents A Taste for Spoons from the Collection of Nora and Norman Stevens, an exhibition on view August 18, 2012 – November 4, 2012.

Kristin Le Vier, ID,2011. Compressed maple

Wood carvers from around the world take one of the world’s oldest, most essential, everyday tools—the spoon—and create sculptural masterpieces of decorative art. A Taste for Spoons from the Collection of Nora and Norman Stevens features 90 of the nearly 300 nine inch spoons. Started by Norman Stevens back in 2005, this distinctive collection of 9 inch, carved wooden spoons has an exciting range of designs from the more traditional spoon shapes of neck and bowl—to spoons shaped like bullfrogs, faces, strawberries, eagles, and hearts. The exhibition highlights the various carving techniques, styles, and interests of a variety of wood carvers from almost every US state, several Canadian provinces, as well as 28 countries including Australia, Great Britain, Romania, and Sweden.

This collection also represents a stunning spectrum of wood species like ash, English boxwood, lilac, mesquite, persimmon, plum, sycamore, and many unusual woods.

The collection includes some long-time carvers who specialize in carving functional spoons as well as other well-known makers who do not specialize in spoons including: Michael Cullen, Mark Gardner, Dewey Garrett, Louise Hibbert, Peter Petrochko, Jamie Russell, Betty Scarpino, Mark Sfirri, Holly Tornheim, and Jacques Vesery. The work of Norm Sartorius, the country’s most distinguished spoon carver, will be represented by 9 pieces including a 9 inch teaspoon made of afzelia lay an exotic Southeast Asian wood.

Fuller Craft Museum, New England’s only museum of contemporary craft, is dedicated to the objects, ideas, and insight that inspire both patrons and artists to explore life through the art of contemporary craft. Fuller Craft Museum is located at 455 Oak St. in Brockton, MA. The Museum is open Tuesday through Sunday, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm, with free admission for all Thursdays from 5:00 – 9:00 pm. Admission is $8 adults, $5 seniors and students, free for members and children 12 and under. For more information on Fuller Craft exhibitions and events please visit or call 508.588.6000.

Fuller Craft Museum
455 Oak Street, Brockton, MA 02301

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