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Patricia Martinez Apt

Patricia Apt grew up in NM surrounded by the art and craftwork so unique to our state. She finds her
artistic expression in woodturning. Throughout a long career in a technical field, she was often dabbling
in various crafts in her spare time. Woodturning was a more recent discovery and once she retired, she
could focus her creative interest on the craft. She began learning the craft of woodturning in 2011 and
over time she progressed from craft to creating more artful pieces.
She uses a variety of woods to make boxes, bowls, platters and other functional pieces. She also creates
artistic forms and specializes in woodturned miniatures inspired by the pottery of the Pueblos here in
the southwest.
Using her lathe and woodturning tools she enjoys the process of carving out a form from a piece of
wood, be it a functional bowl or a decorative art piece. “I strive for perfection in my art, however nature
has already done most of the work. The beauty is there within the wood. Nature has already made
something beautiful. I do my best to reveal it.”

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