Bowl Maker: David Ellsworth (American, born 1944)


American Decorative Arts

David Ellsworth is one of a handful of turners who revitalized the lathe-turning field in the late 1970s. His bowls from this period feature remarkably thin walls and exotic hardwoods, like cocobolo rosewood. To create the overhanging rim of this bowl, Ellsworth used a bent-shaft cutting tool, a technique that he helped pioneer. The overall form was influenced by the ceramics of Nampeyo, a Hopi-Tewa potter active at the turn of the twentieth century.


Cocobolo rosewood


2 × 9 1/4 in. (5.08 × 23.495 cm)

Credit Line

Gift from the Collection of John and Robyn Horn

Accession Number



20th century


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The artist, Allenspark, Colo.; sold to Robyn and John Horn, Little Rock, Ark., 1987; given to the Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn., 2002
  • "Acquisitions 2002," Yale University Art Gallery Bulletin (2003), 145
  • Robyn Horn and Patricia E. Kane, Yale Collects Wood: Gifts from the Collection of John and Robyn Horn, exh. cat. (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 2002), 2–3, ill
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Object/Work type

bowls (vessels)


Ellsworth 2-78 cocobolo rosewood

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