Carl Rattner works in wood and other materials.  His sculptural forms are carefully designed and crafted and are essentially form driven.  Works which explore “hard” and “soft” juxtapositions, or other shape combinations, tend to be non-objective.  Other works, however, can be abstract and thematic as the anthropomorphic hammers in this exhibit.


My medium is wood which I often combine with metal and acrylic.  Many of the works in this exhibit are from my “hammer series.”  These feature vintage hammer “heads”  and are abstract in nature.  Other works are more non-objective; they explore various form transitions and combinations.   

Each of my works is mounted on a custom pedestal.

 – C. Rattner


Carl Rattner majored in Studio Art and Art History at Grinnell College.  There he became interested in pottery and later advanced his ceramic skills and knowledge at Pond Farm Pottery,  Cranbrook Academy of Art and New York University.   In the late 1980’s he changed his medium to wood.
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on view February 22 – March 22, 2020

Opening Reception Saturday, February 22, 2-5pm FACEBOOK EVENT LINK

Meet the Artist Event Saturday, March 7, 2-4pm


  • image 1 "HAMMER IN TRANSITION"; maple_acrylic; 3.5x5x25(h). 2010.
  • image 2 "HEART", maple_poplar 4x14x16h.
  • image 3 ENAMORED HAMMERS.poplar.3.5x9x22(h)
  • image 4 "STEP", poplar 9x9.5.23h, 2007.