Edward Moulthrop 1916–2003

An architect and accomplished professor, Ed Moulthrop is considered by many to be the father of modern American wood-turning. Prior to embarking on a career as a woodturner he studied drawing and watercolor painting, earned degrees in architecture at Case Western Reserve University in 1939 and Princeton University in 1941, taught at the Georgia Institute of Technology for five years, and served as the chief designer for Robert and Company. Many of his designs can still be found throughout the U.S. and he was the recipient of numerous awards, including two medals from the American Institute of Architects (1978, 1980) and the Georgia Governor's Award in the Arts (1981).

Moulthrop’s interest in wood-turning began at a young age. He purchased his first lathe from Popular Mechanics magazine at fifteen and continued wood-turning as a hobby into his adulthood. His hobby blossomed into a career in the 1960s when he met Blanche Reeves through his circle of architect and designer friends. Reeves owned the Signature Shop and Gallery—the first craft gallery in Atlanta—where she began to show Moulthrop’s work. Thanks to her support, Moulthrop developed relationships with gallerists across the country and his glossy, modern vessels were eagerly snapped up by adoring collectors.

He brought to the contemporary craft movement a passion for the material and an artist’s eye, adept at harmonizing form, color, and line to showcase the personality of each piece of wood. Moulthrop not only breathed life into the genre, he invented and forged many of the tools which allowed him to graduate from small pieces to large and technically difficult ones. His deceivingly simple creations belie the labor-intensive process necessary to make them and are the result of his innate ability to see the latent vessel in a discarded piece of wood.

Moulthrop’s vessels can be found in over fifty personal, corporate, institutional, and permanent museum collections worldwide, including those of President Jimmy Carter, Steven Spielberg, the White House Collection of American Crafts, Coca Cola Co. World Headquarters, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. His legacy lives on in the work of his son, Philip, and grandson, Matt, both of whom are world-renowned woodturners.

Auction Results Edward Moulthrop

EDWARD MOULTHROP, massive footed bowl | wright20.com

Edward Moulthrop

massive footed bowl

estimate: $10,000–15,000
result: $11,875
EDWARD MOULTHROP, bowl | wright20.com

Edward Moulthrop

bowl

estimate: $3,000–4,000
result: $7,800
EDWARD MOULTHROP, vessel | wright20.com

Edward Moulthrop

vessel

estimate: $2,000–3,000
result: $6,250
EDWARD MOULTHROP, Monumental bowl | wright20.com

Edward Moulthrop

Monumental bowl

estimate: $7,000–9,000
result: $5,625
EDWARD MOULTHROP, turned vessel | wright20.com

Edward Moulthrop

turned vessel

estimate: $2,000–3,000
result: $5,100
EDWARD MOULTHROP, turned vessel | wright20.com

Edward Moulthrop

turned vessel

estimate: $2,000–3,000
result: $5,100
EDWARD MOULTHROP, turned plate | wright20.com

Edward Moulthrop

turned plate

estimate: $3,000–4,000
result: $5,100
EDWARD MOULTHROP, collection of three bowls | wright20.com

Edward Moulthrop

collection of three bowls

estimate: $5,000–7,000
result: $5,080
EDWARD MOULTHROP, monumental vessel from the Saturn series | wright20.com

Edward Moulthrop

monumental vessel from the Saturn series

estimate: $5,000–7,000
result: $5,000
EDWARD MOULTHROP, monumental vessel | wright20.com

Edward Moulthrop

monumental vessel

estimate: $5,000–7,000
result: $5,000
EDWARD MOULTHROP, Collection of three vessels | wright20.com

Edward Moulthrop

Collection of three vessels

estimate: $5,000–7,000
result: $5,000
EDWARD MOULTHROP, bowl | wright20.com

Edward Moulthrop

bowl

estimate: $2,000–3,000
result: $4,500
EDWARD MOULTHROP, bowl | wright20.com

Edward Moulthrop

bowl

estimate: $2,000–3,000
result: $3,960
EDWARD MOULTHROP, Morning Glory bowl | wright20.com

Edward Moulthrop

Morning Glory bowl

estimate: $2,000–3,000
result: $3,250
EDWARD MOULTHROP, bowl | wright20.com

Edward Moulthrop

bowl

estimate: $1,500–2,000
result: $2,000
EDWARD MOULTHROP, vessel | wright20.com

Edward Moulthrop

vessel

estimate: $2,000–3,000
result: $1,875
EDWARD MOULTHROP, turned vessel | wright20.com

Edward Moulthrop

turned vessel

estimate: $7,000–9,000
EDWARD MOULTHROP, turned vessel | wright20.com

Edward Moulthrop

turned vessel

estimate: $4,000–6,000
EDWARD MOULTHROP, turned vessel | wright20.com

Edward Moulthrop

turned vessel

estimate: $4,000–6,000
EDWARD MOULTHROP, turned bowl | wright20.com

Edward Moulthrop

turned bowl

estimate: $2,000–3,000
EDWARD MOULTHROP, Vessel | wright20.com

Edward Moulthrop

Vessel

estimate: $2,000–3,000
EDWARD MOULTHROP, massive bowl | wright20.com

Edward Moulthrop

massive bowl

estimate: $15,000–20,000