Sunday, September 20, 2009

Ruddy Duck Designs

In the mid 1980's, Pat Harrington tried her hand at painting a wooden bowl. She has never stopped.

After retiring from teaching in 1997, Pat moved to Vermont to live and work. A self-taught artist, she combines painting with her love of wood and nature. Each of her hand-painted, decorative, wooden bowls is a one-of-a-kind creation. They come in a variety of designs and in sizes from 8 to 14 inches in diameter.

Pat purchases unfinished bowls in several different hardwoods from a bowl mill. She uses acrylic paint, stains and fine-tipped pens to decorate them and then finishes them with a water-based polyurethane finish. The grain of the wood including natural imperfections like holes and knots are frequently incorporated into her designs.

Pat’s bowls are intended for decorative use only, and they come with a stand for easy display. She refers to them as concave canvases.

Pat lives and paints in Rochester, Vermont. She displays her work at shows around Vermont throughout the year. You can see her bowls at the Vermont Handcrafters Fine Craft & Art Show in Burlington on November 19-22. The show is well worth the trip.

You can also see Pat’s work on her website at Call her at 802-767-4589 or contact her by e-mail at to purchase one of her beautiful bowls. You won’t be disappointed.

1 comment:

  1. Just purchased your gorgeous "Nuggets of gold...the delights of a garden" bowl in Carmel, CA. Thank you for spinning your love of nature into such wooden delights. Any comments about your creation of this piece are appreciated by the new owner....Thank you....Best to you and your musings.

    Elayne in Pacific Grove, CA