Taking the natural shape and form of the wood as a starting point, Max’s vessels explore a strong relationship to form, function, and the experience of sculptural objects in space. Using a combination of woodturning and hand carving he creates objects that celebrate the making process; each piece displaying the physical effort that goes into its conception through the marks left on the surface. There is no striving for perfection in this process. Instead he seeks a depth of understanding that comes only through the intimate nature of working and manipulating a material by hand. The unpredictability of the material constantly challenges the relationship between maker and object being made. In each piece lies a tension as cracks in seasoned wood reveal themselves and splits open up in green wood as it dries and warps. This dialogue between the artist’s hands and the material’s inherent nature is something Max chooses to pursue and challenge in each vessel and object made.