Holly, koa, handmade paper, mica, fossils, shell, feather, ambrotype, leather, brass, Ethiopian and Coptic bindings.
“My current body of work is] hand-carved animals that are book based or house a miniature wooden Ethiopian binding. Many of the sculptures depict birds or fish. Currently I am carving and exploring crocodiles often with boat and bird combinations. Themes of journey, vessels, travel, protection, reverence, fate, and prophecy fill these pieces”
Daniel Essig was born in St Louis Missouri, studied at Southern Illinois University, Penland School and the University of Iowa. Fourteen years ago he moved to Asheville North Carolina where he has maintained a full time studio at Grovewood Gallery. Daniel Essig lectures and offers workshops at book centers, craft schools, colleges, artist retreats as well as privately. Dan has created wooden and sculptures books for over 20 years. He is a recipient of the North Carolina Artist Fellowship Grant. Daniel exhibits his work nationally and is in numerous private and public collections. Recently his work has been collected by the Smithsonian Renwick Museum, the University of California, San Diego Mandeville Special Collections Library and the Topeka library. Many of Daniel’s sculptural pieces are featured in The Penland Book of Handmade Books.