Last Wednesday I pulled out many of the pieces from the Rude Osolnik collection for a researcher from the Owensboro Museum of Fine Art. Since I had the pieces out, I thought I’d photograph and share some of them with you. The collection is made up of pieces made by wood artist Rude Osolnik and some of the tools that he used to make the pieces.
Here is a little more background:
Mr. Osolnik began working at Berea College in the Industrial Arts Department in 1937. He taught wood turning there for 40 years. He also served on the Southern Highland Handicraft Guild, helped found the Kentucky Guild of Artists and Craftsmen and also started the Berea Crafts Festival in 1982.
Mr. Osolnik was well known for his artwork throughout the United States and his work has been exhibited at museums such as Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian, the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, Atlanta's High Museum, the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago, The Yale Museum, The Speed Museum and the Kentucky Historical Society. One of his pieces was even given to the Queen of England by the U.S. Government. For more information about the artist visit his website at rudeosolnik.com or the KHS Objects Catalog. For more photos of this collection, visit the KHS Facebook page!
1 candlestick and book set
1 bowl with lid
8 cups and saucers
8 dinner plates
8 salad plates
9 bread plates
1 small plate with floral carving
1 twig pot
2 wood lathes
--Deb Rose Van Horn, Registrar