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Phoebe Kuo


Studio Woodworker

Phoebe Kuo

Phoebe is a studio woodworker and design ethnographer based in Oakland, CA, who makes site-specific sculpture using traditional furnituremaking techniques. She was born in Lompoc, CA, to Taiwanese-American mathematicians, and grew up navigating hybrid identities, which she continues to explore as a queer artist of color. She has exhibited work nationally and has been awarded residencies through ACRE Projects, Field/Work at Chicago Artists Coalition, and Haystack Mountain School of Crafts. Phoebe has taught woodworking at the San Francisco Community Woodshop, A Workshop of Our Own, and Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, and design research techniques at Stanford University and Northwestern University. She received her MFA in Design from Cranbrook Academy of Art, a certificate in Fine Woodworking from The Krenov School, and her BS in Product Design from Stanford University.


MFA portfolio reviews

Residency and grant applications

Establishing an independent studio art practice

Gender and identity, especially around POC and queer issues

Non-traditional career paths

Setting up an apartment woodworking studio

Instagram: @pfebes

Conference Sessions