Darrell Copeland was born in 1954 in Mississippi and raised in Louisiana. He had an early interest in architecture, carpentry, and sculpting. His interest led him to residential and commercial design/build projects and more recently completed the design and construction of his own arts and craft dream home and studio in the Blue Ridge mountains of North Carolina where he lives and works today.
Though essentially self taught, Darrell credits his wood turning technical knowledge to classes at John C. Campbell and informal workshops by renowned master level turners where he gleaned all he could from their experience.
While living in New Orleans, he also apprenticed under an abstract stone sculptor who shared with him her passion for texture, line and form. As he progressed from stone to the intricate medium of wood turning, he took an already complex and detailed style into richly rendered art forms. His career further unfolded as he began specializing in more innovative and technical designing.
His work is found in collections throughout the U.S. and abroad.
Center for Art In Wood
Mobile Museum of Art
Kamm Teapot Foundation
2012 AllTurnative - The Center for Art in Wood – Philadelphia, PA
2012 A Walk in the Woods – AAW Exhibition – San Jose, CA
2012 A Walk in the Woods - The Gallery of Wood Art - St Paul, MN
2012 An International Invitational Exhibition of Turned or Sculpted Wood - Southern Highland Craft Guild - Asheville, NC
2012 From Tree to Treasure - Franklin G. Burroughs ~ Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum - Myrtle Beach, SC
2011 The Fine Art of Wood - NC Arboretum - Asheville, NC
2011 A Wood Collectors Home Exhibition - Grovewood Gallery - Asheville, NC 2010 Teapot Exhibit - The Gallery of Wood Art - St Paul, MN
2010 Teapot Exhibit - Professional Outreach Program - Hartford, CT
2010 American Craft Today - The Bascom - Highlands, NC
2009 Turning to the Future - The Grovewood Gallery - Asheville, NC
2012 Celebration of Color - The Grovewood Gallery - Asheville, NC
2012 Currents – AAW Exhibition – Tampa, FL
2012 Currents - The Gallery of Wood Art - St Paul, MN
Awards and Recognition
2012 Selected to the International Turning Exchange Residency Program – Philadelphia, PA
2011 Excellent Award at the AAW Symposium Instant Gallery
Collectors of Wood Art
Southern Highland Craft Guild
Carolina Mountain Woodturners
American Association of Woodturners
Handmade in America