Donna Zils Banfield
Patterns, Texture and Color

Both demonstrations will be combined into one time slot.

Patterns, Texture and Color
This rotation will show attendees how to create texture and patterns on their woodturnings using a variety of hand-held tools.  Then, using a number of different mediums, they can transform their woodturnings into vessels that resemble, or could be mistaken for ceramic, pottery or metal.


Donna Zils Banfield has been creating works of art in wood since she received her first lathe as a surprise Christmas gift from her husband in 2001.  Donna’s skills on the lathe were self-taught, but honed through workshops taught by gifted and skilled artists and turners who shared their knowledge.  Her carving techniques and designs evolved after studying under several internationally recognized fine art and craft masters. 

A teacher of woodturning since 2007 at Rockler Woodworking and Woodcraft, she now offers private one-on-one instruction in her studio, in Derry, NH.  She has shared her knowledge and techniques with woodturning clubs throughout New England and beyond, and has demonstrated for regional Symposiums in the New England area since 2008.  She has written articles for the Journal of the Guild of New Hampshire Woodworkers and the AAW’s Woodturning FUNdamentals.  Donna has been a juried member of the League of New Hampshire Craftsmen (LNHC) since 2010 and currently serves as a Juror in wood, evaluating and critiquing applicants seeking admission to the League as a juried craftsperson. 

Her work can be found in private collections in Australia, India, Taiwan and across the U.S.

For more information, please visit her website:  www.livealifelessordinary.com