Jonathan Glowacki’s greatest inspiration is Mother Nature, who he describes as “perfection defined”. He particularly loves the trees. If you visit his studio during the tour you can expect an interactive live wood turning experience.
“After five years of running a successful but uninspired used consumer electronics business, I decided it was time to pursue something more meaningful. I closed the business, sold my belongings, and moved to Hawaii. There I discovered a bottomless well of inspiration. I began working with the trees, making wooden bowls on a lathe.
A few years later I found myself living in Portland, Oregon, turning wood full time from my home studio. At first focusing on creating art pieces using rare wood and stone, I began to recognize the inherent beauty of simple forms, and felt inspired to share this. I wanted to create something that was more accessible for people than lavish art pieces. I wanted my creations to be both beautiful and extremely useful.
Form married function & the Portland Peppermill Company was born. All of my pieces are hand turned on a wood lathe. I use subterranean root burls that have numerous naturally occurring voids and cavities. I grind up different stones and inlay the crushed stone into these crevices. My pieces are finished with oil and wax to maintain the natural feel of the wood.
I am dedicated to bringing back the disappearing art of handmade craftsmanship. Every piece I create receives my undivided attention when it comes to form, function and quality. It brings me joy to create functional art pieces that will be well loved and well used & that will last for generations.”