Jennifer McKinnon - Woodturner
Jennifer McKinnon Woodturner Turn-of-Fate Studio Hillsburgh, ON

Jennifer McKinnon - Woodturner

Artist Statement

Starting with a piece of locally gathered wood I peel away the exterior and using the grain, colour and scent of the wood for inspiration I turn the rough wood into a piece of work that both acts like art and performs a function.

Often the character of the wood makes the direction of the piece very obvious. The grain and colour determine the art. I determine the function through the shape and finish.

I have always been fascinated by the shadows and impressions created by flora and fauna. I often mimic their shapes by carving, burning and/or colour to embellish the pieces I create.

Biography

My personal turn of fate began in 2003 when I inherited my first lathe from my Dad. Little did I realize this new creative process would become such a huge challenge and passion for me.

Throughout my life I have puttered with a large variety of crafts. Some mastered, most left unfinished. Painting, stained glass and even needlepoint gave me experiences, knowledge and talent that I now use as a woodturner. After my first four hour woodturning class at Lee Valley I realized that this was my calling and abandoned my craft cupboard for my lathe. I now own three and have moved from the basement to my studio and gallery, affectionately called Turn-of-Fate. It is nestled in the woods on our property in Hillsburgh, Ontario.

In 2008 I was accepted into the Hills of Erin Studio Tour. The success I experienced validated my work was marketable and appreciated by customers and peers. That spurred me on to further develop my craft. I resigned from my marketing career, packed away the suits, nylons and stilettoes and bought work boots and a chainsaw. Since then I have successfully participated in a number of studio tours and markets as well as hosted art shows and sales in my own studio.

Although traditional turning materials, shapes and forms make up a portion of my current work I thrive on creating the unusual. My willingness to combine woodworking techniques and alternate finishing to advance my craft has led to many out of the ordinary pieces and some firewood. In 2011 my desire to be different was rewarded with the People’s Choice Award at the Made of Wood Show for a piece called Blissful Shade.

I continue to have great optimism for the outcome for my half-baked designs intentions, with the knowledge that the wood will lead me.  

CV

2014

  • Host of the Art of Giving Christmas Show & Sale - Turn-of-Fate Studio
  • Host and Community Producer of TV program - Brushed by Art - Rogers Cable 10/63
  • Sticks 'n Stones Juried Exhibition - Alton Mill Art Centre
  • Headwaters Arts SGI Art Fest -Juried Exhibition
  • Beach Studio Tour - Guest Artist at Heidi Burkhardt
  • Hills of Erin Studio Tour - Studio Artist & Host - Turn-of-Fate Studio
  • Made of Wood Preview Show - Alton Mill Art Centre
  • Fresh Perspectives Show - New Members Exhibition - Beaux Arts- Brampton, ON

2013

  • Hills of Erin Studio Tour – Studio Artist
  • Host of the Art of Giving Christmas Show & Sale
  • Host of Boughs & Bows – Fundraiser in support of EWCS programs & food bank, ARC Industries & Special Friends
  • 360 - Circles & Cycles Exhibition - Beaux Arts, Brampton, ON
  • 360 - Circles & Cycles Juried Exhibition - Alton Mill Art Centre, Alton, ON
  • Host of Turning to Spring Show & Sale

2012

  • Co-chairman of the 2012 Hills of Erin Studio Tour
  • Hills of Erin Studio Tour – Studio Artist
  • Autumn Leaves Studio Tour – Guest Artist
  • Host of the Art of Giving Christmas Show & Sale
  • Host of Creating Possibilities – Art Auction in support of EWCS programs & food bank.

2011

  • People’s Choice Award – Made of Wood Show
  • Co-chairman of the 2011 Hills of Erin Studio Tour
  • Hills of Erin Studio Tour – Studio Artist
  • Autumn Leaves Studio Tour – Guest Artist

2010

  • Nominated Artisan of the Year - Hills of Headwaters Tourism Awards of Excellence
  • Made of Wood Show - Curator Show, Burdette Gallery
  • Co-chairman of the 2010 Hills of Erin Studio Tour
  • Hills of Erin Studio Tour – Studio Artist
  • The Hills of Headwater Open Studio Tour

2009

  • Committee member of the 2009 Hills of Erin Studio tour
  • Hills of Erin Studio Tour – Studio Artist
  • The Hills of Headwater Open Studio Tour

2008

  • Hills of Erin Studio Tour – Studio Artist