Eight Rude Osolnik Originals Turned Wood Vases, Berea, Kentucky, mid to late 20th century, six walnut and two cherry, all signed "Osolnik Originals" in black ink, some with wood type specified, ht. 2 1/2 to 5 1/2 in.
Note: Rude Osolnik (March 4, 1915-November 18, 2001), was born in Dawson, New Mexico, and lived in Berea, Kentucky, where for forty years he taught in the Industrial Arts Department at Berea College. He received an undergraduate degree and an MFA from Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois. He gave workshops and demonstrated wood turning throughout the United States, including Alaska, as well as in New Zealand. In addition to being a teacher and wood artist, he was also known for his production work, which included creating wooden alphabet letters for Childcraft, makers of educational toys, and making thousands of his signature candlesticks for major department stores during the 1950s and 60s. In 1950 he received a National Award for Contemporary Design from the International Wood Manufacturers. Between 1961 and 1987 he repeatedly served on the Board of Directors of the Southern Highlands Handicraft Guild, which honored him with a Lifetime Achievement Award in 1997. He was a Founder, Lifetime Member, and Fellow of the Kentucky Guild of Artisans and Craftsmen and a Fellow of the American Craft Council. In 1992 he received the Kentucky Governor's Award for Lifetime Achievements in the Arts.
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