Jerry Kermode

Biography

Jerry developed an early fascination with form and function surfing and building toy boats during childhood summers in Huntington Beach, California. Since then he has shaped wood and foam into myriad items, consistently finding form from the sea.

While living in Crystal Cove in 1964 he met Deborah in her hometown of Laguna Beach, where they married in 1967. Jerry developed his fascination with turning while the couple specialized in Victorian restoration and boat work. In 1984 he began turning bowls from freshly harvested trees; the cherished “calabash” culture in the Hawaiian Islands, where the couple lived for 22 years, was the perfect place to nurture his new passion. He became a full-time turner in 1991, and Deborah became finisher and promoter. Pieces now sit in collections worldwide, including several international heads of state. Jerry also enjoys great success as a teacher, holding regular classes at his studio in Sebastopol.

Commissions
Port of Oakland
Presentation to Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva,
 President of Brazil
Presentation to Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex
Hawai’i International Film Festival, 1990 thru 2000
Crazy Shirts Hawai’i and Mainland
 Employee Incentive Awards 1994 thru 2000
Mauna Lani Bay Hotel; Ko’olina Resort;
Manoa Valley Theatre; Straub Clinic;
Kapi’olani and Castle Medical Centers;
Punahou School; Campbell Estate; Yamaha Hawai’i

Collections
American Assoc. of Woodturners Permanent Collection
Contemporary Art Museum, Honolulu, HI
Charles A. Wustum Museum of Fine Arts, Racine, WI
Rude Osolnik
Dale Nish
Jeff Bernstein & Judy Chernoff
Bruce & Eleanor Heister
Ken Schaner
Elizabeth & James York
Ruth Greenburg
Mike Verlander
Governor and Mrs. John Waihe’e
Punahou School President Rod McPhee
Rick Ralston, Crazy Shirts Ltd.
His Majesty King Taufa’ahau Topou IV of Tonga

Selected Shows & Awards
Family Tree – 65 Years of Woodworking in Northern California, Petaluma Arts Center, 2010
CraftForms 2010, Wayne Art Center
American Assoc. of Woodturners
The Spindle, 2009; Maple Medley, 2010; Roots, 2011
Selected Works, del Mano Gallery
Beneath the Bark: 25 Years of Woodturning
Brigham Young University Museum of Art
American Craft Council
Arrowmont School of Arts & Crafts
Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show
Sausalito Art Festival
Marin County Fair: 1st – 3rd Place Awards
Art @ the Source & ARTrails Open Studios
Baulines Craft Guild, San Francisco
Highlight Gallery, Mendocino
Northwest Fine Woodworking, Seattle
Pacific Handcrafter's Guild, Honolulu (awards)
Hawai’i Craftsmen

Publications
Beneath the Bark: Twenty–Five Years of Woodturning
Kip W. Christensen & Dale L. Nish
Utah Woodturning Symposium, Inc.
500 Wood Bowls
Katherine Aimone, Editor • Lark Books, Asheville, N.C.
The Ultimate Garage
By Jeanne Huber • Sunset Books Publishing
Woodworkers Journal Magazine
Woodturning Magazine, Great Britain
Crafts Report Magazine
San Francisco Chronicle
Baltimore Sun
Santa Rosa Press Democrat
Honolulu Advertiser & Star Bulletin
Windward Press, O’ahu

Galleries:
In Northern California
Highlight Gallery, Mendocino
Mowen Solinsky Gallery, Nevada City
Dovetail Collection, Healdsburg
West County Design, Valley Ford
Muir Woods Trading Company, San Rafael
Siobhan Brennan Designs, San Francisco

In Southern California
del Mano Gallery, Los Angeles

In the Northwest
Northwest Woodworkers Gallery, Seattle, WA
The Wood Merchant, La Connor, WA
 
Anywhere East of West
Grovewood Gallery, Asheville, NC
The Grand Hand, St. Paul, MN
Greene and Greene Gallery, Lambertville, NJ
Center for Art in Wood, Philadelphia, PA
The Stepping Stone, Lewes, DE
The Eclectic Collector, Katonah, NY
Forest Gallery, Glen Arbor, MI
Calico Cat, Baltimore, MD

And soon to be at:
My Favorite Things, Kensington, MD
The Art Store, Charleston, WV