CURRENT SPOTLIGHT ARTISTS:
BLAIR DAVIS & CYNTHIA TINAPPLE
Worthington woodworker Blair Davis and artist Cynthia Tinapple collaborate on unique inlaid bowls and furniture. Twenty years ago the couple veered from traditional inlay techniques and developed their own processes for firing patterns into wood. Using low-fire polymer clay combined with locally harvested woods, they create decorative and practical items that are collected and exhibited widely. Blair Davis' cabinetry work graces homes and businesses in Worthington, and his bowls are sought after by clients and friends. He creates vases, bowls, platters, and drums out of native maple, walnut, cherry, oak, and elm trees. Cynthia Tinapple creates patterns that she inlays into Blair's vessels and cabinetry. She became known for her work with polymer clay and for her blog, polymerclaydaily.com, which is regarded as the definitive source of polymer clay art around the world. The couple's home showcases their collaborations with patterns climbing the stairs, circling a wooden sink, inserted into floors, and surprising visitors at every turn. Neighbors all over town call when trees come down or storms blow through, knowing that Blair and Cynthia can salvage memories and create beauty from natural disasters. Image credit: Poly Pussy Willows, 2016, natural willow branches with polymer clay.