As a woodturner, Craig Lossing works to maintain and enhance the beauty of nature, while using his woodturning mastery to create oriental influenced hollow form vessels with ornamental spears.
Craig Lossing is a professional woodturner whose award-winning work has been sought after by fine galleries and knowledgeable collectors for over 25 years. Using exotic and burl woods from around the world, his creations range from organic forms and visionary vessels, to whimsical toys and functional objects.
Born in 1955 and raised in Minnesota, Craig was naturally gifted with artistic talent. His creative nature blossomed with course studies in art at the University of Minnesota, as well as the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. He later claimed woodturning as his artistic means of self-expression. Upon mastering the medium he became a full-time, self-supporting artist. Throughout the years, Craig's intense love for woodturning has kept him actively involved with organizations that promote the art, including; the Minnesota Crafts Council, the American Association of Woodturners, the Minnesota Woodturners Association and the American Crafts Council.
Craig's signature pieces are small, lidded hollow forms that range in size from 2" to 6" and feature oriental-influenced ornamental spears that pierce the lid or are artistically supported. To create these pieces, he begins by shaping the outside form before moving inside to maneuvering beneath the piece's lip with bent tools for hollowing. Since he is unable to see inside, years of practice and precision ensure his chisel will not jut through the side, and a consistent thin wall thickness can be reached. The lid is cut with the smallest tolerance possible to match up and maintain the grain pattern. The ornamental spear provides both color contrast and movement to these classical forms.