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Wood Summer Session 1

Wood Summer Session 1
May 24 – June 5, 2020
Yuri Kobayashi
Expedition to Curves

At the heart of this workshop is the transformation of a stick from straight to curved. We’ll focus on wood-bending techniques to stimulate creativity and expand design potential, experimenting directly with the material to drive ideas. We’ll steam- or cold-bend wood to achieve unique organic lines and forms—the possibilities are infinite. The primary goal of this workshop is to learn basic bending techniques and how to play with them. The result may not be finished objects. It’s more likely to be a collection of carefully crafted maquettes filled with the potential to inspire furniture, furniture components, or pure sculpture. All levels. Code 01W

Studio artist; teaching: Rhode Island School of Design, Center for Furniture Craftsmanship (ME); recent exhibitions: Arizona State University Art Museum, Center for Art in Wood (Philadelphia), Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, Gallery NAGA (MA).

chair and small table, both with many curved details
Yuri Kobayashi, "Lin & Sui," ash, chair: 29 x 25 x 25 inches, table: 27 x 16 x 16 inches