Born and trained in woodworking in Japan, Yuri Kobayashi is a sculptor and furniture maker whose work combines the fields of craft, art, and design. Yuri studied under Wendy Maruyama and earned an M.F.A. in Furniture Design from San Diego State University. Upon receiving her degree, she then taught at the Rhode Island School of Design for more than a decade. Using wood as her primary medium, Yuri creates a wide range of objects, from abstract sculpture to functional furniture. She exhibits nationally and has been awarded a number of competitive residencies, grants, and fellowships over the years. Currently, Yuri creates her work through the studio fellowship program at the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship in Rockport, Maine where, in addition to her own work, she continues to teach and advise other fellows.
Aha-design moments in the wee-hours
Scratching on 2D and sketching in 3D
sweet-tooth, sweet curves
Play, Music, and Bending wood
Non-fiction in non-function objects