Joe Feinblatt has long experience working with wood and has been turning since 2004. He studied with master-turner David Ellsworth in 2005, and has been exhibiting his turnings since 2007.
Joe turned his creative attention to wood after devoting many years to fine art photography. He is an award winning photographer, who exhibited numerous times including shows featuring his work in Pasadena, Portland, New York, Las Vegas, and Montana.
A native Californian, Joe has degrees from Reed College in Chemistry, and UCLA in Folklore and Mythology. At Reed he learned about the arts and crafts movement while studying calligraphy with master calligrapher and influential teacher, Lloyd Reynolds. As a folklore student he learned about traditional chair making. Joe had drawing classes with prominent Los Angeles artists Jim Morphesis and Kent Twichell.
He spent much of his working life in energy efficiency for the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power with a special interest in lighting.
Joe has combined his interest in creating fine turned vessels with his background in lighting to create his “green” lamps. These lamps incorporate sustainably harvested wood or other “green” wood such as wood harvested from urban forests with very efficient, high quality lighting sources.
He carves many of his recent works, shaping his turnings into lotus flowers or embellishing them with oak leaves. He adds copper, brass and pewter spun on his lathe together with colorful glass fragments, palm fronds and gold leaf to his turned wood.