During the late 1960's, Jeff Robinson spent much of his time traveling the country. While making his way through Texas, Jeff encountered a potter in Fort Worth and became determined to study the craft. Jeff then returned to Florida Atlantic University at the end of the decade, where he had previously been studying business, and eagerly enrolled in ceramics. After several semesters as a student, he took on the role of an apprentice for the School's ceramic teacher, David Tell.
After working for a year for Mr. Tell, Jeff was called back to the road by his other love, traveling. Shortly thereafter, Jeff settled down in Southwest Louisiana's Thibodaux, where he and a group of friends established an artist's community based on their ceramic work named Good Earth Pottery. Good Earth Pottery became well known for their creative work, and for helping to establish "Art Pottery" in the Southeastern US. From 1970-1975 Good Earth Pottery won numerous awards and received an array of local press in both print and broadcast news.
In 1976, Good Earth Pottery relocated to a 120-acre farm in Evening Shade, Arkansas where Jeff continued to work as a full time studio artist, exhibiting around the country in galleries and fine art shows until 1981. Colorful, flowing patterns were the trademark of his work.
Jeff's love affair with wood began in the late 80's in San Diego, after retiring from ceramics due to injuries developed from hours at the wheel. Jeff turned his creative energy to woodworking, initially creating one-of-a-kind furniture for himself, family and friends.
For the next two decades, Jeff went on to help open and expand Solar Contract Carpet, a successful flooring business in multiple states, while continuing to make furniture on the side as a passionate hobby. His unique furniture featured signature curves and flowing lines, often mirroring the landscapes seen throughout his travels.
After relocating to Dallas in 2010, Jeff continued to create furniture, though his aesthetic began to change as he turned his attention towards detailed inlay work, including a circular dining room table that can expand to seat 18. This work led him to create his first wood sculpture in early 2011, though he had envisioned them years earlier.
Influenced by the glazing designs from his previous ceramic work, Jeff uses hundreds to thousands of hardwood pieces of varying shapes and sizes, and joins them together, resulting in a surface on each sculpture with intricately composed geometric landscapes.
Constructed from hardwoods, primarily from North America, South America, and Africa, no stains are involved in the finishing of the sculptures. The colors and patterns radiate from the natural beauty of the wood, including Canarywood, Lacewood, Purlpeheart, Wenge, Zebrawood, Bocote, Maple, and many others.
Jeff's current sculptures are very large in scale, and take between 300 to 500 hours per sculpture to complete. He creates a balance between the geometric, patterened element and the pyramidal base. The joining of these two pieces creates the illusion that the piece is balancing precipitously on edge. The "tunnels" that pass through each piece add a unique perspective, allowing light to pass through an otherwise sold form