The instinct to make objects that address the connection of humankind to Earth, and to the creatures with whom we share this planet, is as timely today as it is timeless. Animal effigy figures have inspired utilitarian vessels and ceremonial objects since the earliest forms of human expression. My efforts are directed toward bringing my own voice to this ongoing dialog.
Working with wooden bowl and vessel forms provides a universal familiarity or jumping-off point from which I am able to express more complex themes and images. Extensive sculpting, texturing and color work speak of decisions made and hopefully enhance the connection between maker and viewer. Much of my self remains with each piece.
Ron Layport spent 40 years in the advertising business, receiving numerous national and international awards for his work in design, writing and film production. In 2008, he was inducted into the Advertising Federation Hall of Fame.
Throughout the 1980s he designed and built one-of-a-kind furniture, his work being regularly featured in
Fine Woodworking, and various other woodworking publications. Ron began working with vessel forms after meeting David Ellsworth in 1992 and today is known internationally for his sculptural approach to the wood vessel. His work is included in numerous exhibitions, collections and publications.