Making Better Bowls

Ashley Harwood
July 16-20


This course is an excellent opportunity to delve more deeply into bowl turning and refine your skills. Ashley offers insight into every aspect of bowl turning, beginning with cutting blanks out of logs, curing wood, and approaches to design. Her major emphasis is tool sharpening and control. Among other techniques, students learn: 1) how to grind 40/40-style bowl gouges and use them to achieve the best possible cuts in both green and dry woods, and, 2) how to master the push-cut style of turning to get a clean surface straight off the tool.

Over the course of the week, participants hone their skills by turning thin-walled, wet-wood bowls, natural-edge bowls, square bowls, and dry-wood bowls from cured blanks.

Ashley Harwood lives in Charleston, SC, where she specializes in turning utilitarian bowls, ornaments, and jewelry, while also teaching in her personal studio. She earned a B.F.A. with honors from Carnegie Mellon in 2004, and her design aesthetic is heavily influenced by a background in glassblowing. In recent years, Ashley has demonstrated professionally throughout the U.S. and Canada, as well as in the U.K., Belgium, Ireland, and Australia. In addition, her work has been published in Woodturning magazine. For more about Ashley, please visit

Open to anyone who has turned a bowl.


Tuition: $785