Marilyn Campbell

Marilyn Campbell

My interest in turning began in 1980 after a boat-building venture with my husband introduced me to woodworking. Unschooled in the "wood arts", I was drawn to the lathe because turning presented an array of creative possibilities, but within the safe confines of one machine with certain limits.

Boatbuilding also gave me another medium – epoxy, which I use extensively as both a decorative and a structural element. Epoxy has allowed me to create many new forms and effects, and to test those limits usually placed on lathe-work.

In the past decade, my work has evolved through several stages, from platters to sculptural forms to vessel forms – all using, to some degree, my technique of cutting and reassembly. Although nature has long been an inspiration, I have recently become interested in using design principles to bring a more classic, cultured look to my vessels. Inspiration for the black and white work began with a book of vintage and contemporary handbags. I felt the bold designs and strong geometrical elements would work well in a turned vessel, using line, contrast and texture to create the compositions. Although similar in format, each vessel is different and named to reflect the "personality" I see in it.

the white queen by Marilyn Campbell

The White Queen

Holly, Epoxy, Paint, Magnets
9"h x 5"w x 2.5"d

coquette by Marilyn Campbell


Vessel: Holly, Epoxy, Paint
Stand: Walnut, Holly, Epoxy, Paint
7"h x 5.25"w x 2.5"d

bon vivant by Marilyn Campbell

Bon Vivant

Vessel: Holly, Epoxy, Paint
Stand: Purpleheart, Epoxy, Paint
6.5"h x 5.5"w x 2.5"d

sassy miss by Marilyn Campbell

Sassy Miss

Vessel: Padouk, Resin, Walnut, Dye
Stand: Purpleheart, Dye
9"h x 5"w x 3"d

high society by Marilyn Campbell

High Society

Vessel: Holly, Resin, Padouk, Pigment
10"h x 5"w x 3"d

as you please by Marilyn Campbell

As You Please

Vessel: Pink-Ivory, Walnut, Resin, Dye, Graphite
Stand: Purpleheart, Dye, Graphite
11"h x 5.5"w x 2.5"d

black silk gown by Marilyn Campbell

Black Silk Gown

Vessel: Lacewood, Epoxy, Pigment, Walnut
Stand: Walnut, Dye
9"h x 5″"w x 2.5"d

Three Boats by Marilyn Campbell

Three Boats

Tallest Boat = 6.5"h

landscape by Marilyn Campbell


10"h x 10"w