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Wood Summer Session 5

Wood Summer Session 5
July 18 – August 2, 2021
Yuri Kobayashi and Chelsea Witt
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.

Yuri: 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). Chelsea: Facilities assistant and studio artist at the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship (ME); teaching: Center for Furniture Craftsmanship, Medomak Family Camp (ME); fellowships/residencies: Circle Square (FL): Center for Furniture Craftsmanship; exhibitions: Nancy Oliver Gallery (FL), 6th Street Studios (FL), Corner Gallery (ME).  |  @ykcurio  |  @littleforestswontdo

bent ash rocking chair
Yuri Kobayashi, "Breathe -I hear you-," ash, 29 x 27 x 48 inches
dust pan and broom set
Chelsea Witt, "Dust Play," steam-bent ash, tampico fibers, largest piece: 16 x 10 inches