Sally Ault was born and raised in San Diego, California and graduated with a BA degree in Art with a Crafts emphasis from San Diego State. Her work there was focused on Weaving, Jewelry Design and Ceramics. During a furniture class, Sally discovered woodturning. After a break of a number of years, she resumed woodturning in 2001. Sally enjoys all types of wood turning but currently her focus is on lidded containers including the sea Urchin series, open bowls, embellished pieces and jewelry.

Sally’s work is shown at the gallery at Studio 38 in Spanish Village Art Center in San Diego, The Collectors Gallery at the Mingei International Folk Art Museum, San Diego and at the gift shop at Anderson Ranch Arts Center in Snowmass, Colorado. She has won a number of awards over the past years at the Design in Wood Show at the Del Mar Fair. In 2007 Sally was awarded a “Best in Class’ ribbon for a Myrtle Wood Platter and in 2011 her Maple Hollow Vessel was awarded the San Diego Woodturners Special Award. One of Sally’s Sea Urchin Box won a special purchase award at the 2012 Small Image Show at Spanish Village in San Diego and in the 2016 show a small Hollow vessel with Coral finial won the same award. Sally was a demonstrator at the 2012 and 2015 Utah Woodturning Symposia in Orem, Utah and the 2012 Wisconsin Symposium and at many woodturning clubs. In fall of 2013 she was accepted for a 10 week artist in residency program at Anderson Ranch Arts Center. She was a featured demonstrator at the National American Association of Woodturners symposium in 2016.

She is a member of the San Diego Woodturners Association, American Association of Woodturners, Point Loma Artists Association and Spanish Village Art Center in San Diego.


I discuss turning small shapes and the tricks for finishing both sides. I discuss design and show how to assemble a necklace using some jewelry techniques.


Sea Urchin Box

This teaches basic box making, how to stabilize the Sea Urchin shells, design and the tricks for working with a Sea Urchin with its less than symmetrical shape.