Each week we feature a member on our website and promote them through our social media accounts and weekly emails.
Adam John Manley is assistant professor of Furniture Design and Woodworking at SDSU. Adam has exhibited both nationally and internationally, is the past president of the board of the Furniture Society, and is co-founder, along with colleague Kerianne Quick, of the contemporary craft zine/journal, CRAFT DESERT.
Michelle Foran is an artist and furniture maker born in Toronto, Canada. She received a B.F.A. from the Ontario College of Art and Design University and is currently undergoing a second undergraduate degree in furniture design at Sheridan College in Oakville, Canada. She is presently the 3D floating intern at Anderson Ranch in Colorado, assisting in the wood and furniture, sculpture, and digital fabrication studio workshops.
Norman Pirollo is a furniture designer + maker and woodworking educator based in Ottawa, Ontario. His furniture studio combines both hand and power tools with an emphasis on hand tools. The aesthetic he prefers is a contemporary one of clean, simple lines with honest workmanship. The furniture
designs evolve from a series of sketches and drawings with a final rendering that closely resembles the furniture piece.
Grant Stuart’s interest in constructing and deconstructing things led him to woodworking. His dedication to the craft kicked off in high school in a tiny closet in his parent’s backyard. To further his understanding and love of the craft, he attended a summer at the Krenov School of Fine Woodworking. While there, he learned about the Appalachian Center for Craft, where he now attends classes with Annie Evelyn seeking a BFA.
Emma Senft is an artist and woodworker based in Montréal, QC and Madison, WI. She creates furniture and sculpture using wood, textile and decontextualized construction materials. Emma has been a studio fellow at the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship, an Artist-in-Residence at Anderson Ranch Arts Center and has exhibited at galleries across the U.S. and Canada. She is currently completing her MFA at the University of Wisconsin, Madison.
Amanda Yoder was born and raised in a small town outside of Raleigh, NC to a family of DIYers. After studying musical theatre at East Carolina University, she moved to NYC to continue pursuing a career in the performing arts. She has since moved back to NC where she started a small urban farm and studying furniture making and design at Haywood Community College.
Esther Cho is a Korean-American interdisciplinary artist, designer, and papermaker based in Madison, WI. She holds a MFA in woodworking and furniture design from University of Wisconsin-Madison and a dual BFA from Virginia Commonwealth University in Craft & Material Studies and Interior Design. She is currently pursuing her second MFA from the University of Wisconsin with a focus in Design Studies and material culture.
Kevin Reiswig is a furniture maker and wood sculptor whose work focuses on experimentation with materials, forms, and a diverse range of processes. His working style can be both freeform and incredibly meticulous, depending on the piece or the stage of a given project. Kevin makes decisions based on feeling and intuition, reaching into a lifetime of experiences to inspire and inform his work.
Jomo Tariku is an Ethiopian American artist, industrial designer, and a pioneer of modern African design. In 2017, he launched his namesake collection featured in numerous publications including Elle Décor, Architectural Digest, and Interior Design. His work is also included in the permanent collection of major museums including the MET, The Mint and LACMA.
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Rob Spiece is a furniture maker and teacher living in Berea, Kentucky. He is the Director of Woodcraft at Berea College Student Craft. He creates his own designs as well as custom furniture with simple lines and elegant forms, focusing on design, joinery & finishing. Rob has had articles published in Woodcraft Magazine, Fine Woodworking, and Furniture & Cabinetmaking.
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Peter Antor received his MFA in Metalsmithing and Jewelry with a minor in Woodworking from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania in 2016 and his BFA in Metalsmithing and Jewelry from Grand Valley State University in 2011. Peter works with a wide range of materials from precious metals to concrete and wood. His body of work ranges from sculptural jewelry to functional lighting. Architecture has a large influence on his work and designs.
Recently he opened a design and fabrication company in Chicago where he creates original and commission-based work. His favorite part of this practice is ideation and the subsequent problem solving of turning that idea into a tactile piece: first, choosing what material would best express the idea, then deciding the proper techniques and tools to turn the raw material into something beautiful. Peter’s studio is located in the Mana Contemporary building in the Pilsen neighborhood of Chicago.
Lauren is a Southern California based artist and furniture maker. She received her AA in Arts and Humanities from Chaffey College in 2017 and in 2021, completed her BA in Applied Design at San Diego State University with an emphasis in Furniture Design and Woodworking. Since 2012, she has worked at The Maloof Foundation and in 2017, Lauren began her apprenticeship with master craftsman Larry White, Sam Maloof’s first employee circa 1962.
Lauren’s work ranges from furniture to sculpture with no limitations on mixing media. Lauren teaches regularly at The Maloof Foundation as well as Allied Woodshop in Los Angeles, CA.
During the pandemic, Lauren co-created an online student platform with artist/maker Esther Cho, through The Furniture Society’s FS Connects project, to provide resources, discussions, and community for craft students across the country.
Find Lauren on the web: https://laurenverdugo.com/
Andy Buck spent much of his youth living in Geneva, Switzerland while his father, an expert in tropical medicine, worked for the World Health Organization. Immersed in an international environment, Buck gained an appreciation for multiculturalism and was first exposed to the many cultural and geographical wonders of the world. Inspired first by African and Oceanic artifacts through his father’s frequent travels, his fascination with unique artistic perspectives and global interpretations of the natural world has guided his creative practice as a furniture designer and artist. An active maker for more than 25 years, Andy Buck has exhibited his work in galleries and museums throughout the United States, in Europe and Australia. Bringing together traditional craftsmanship, investigations in form, pattern, and colorful painted surfaces, his work of furniture and sculpture is included in both public and private collections. Based in Upstate New York, Buck maintains a studio and leads the Woodworking and Furniture Design program at the Rochester Institute of Technology where he has been teaching for the last 22 years.
Find Andy on the web: http://andybuck.com/home.html
Teresa Audet is an artist and furniture maker from Minneapolis. Audet holds a BFA in Furniture Design from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design and has studied at the Mount Fuji School of Fine Woodworking in Yamanashi, Japan. She has been awarded several grants including two Artist Initiative Grants from the Minnesota State Arts Board and an EFASO grant from the Furniture Society. She participates in artist residencies and teaches at craft schools nationwide. Audet is currently an MFA candidate at the University of Wisconsin-Madison expected to graduate in 2023.
Find Teresa on the web: http://www.teresaaudet.com/
Richard Oedel has been making furniture since he was a teenager. His primary shop is in Boston, where he shares a 5,000 sq ft space with the other members of Fort Point Cabinetmakers. He divides his time between Boston and his other design space in Wolfeboro, NH. A past Chairman of the New Hampshire Furniture Masters, his work is sold and exhibited internationally. Federal furniture is one of his specialties.
He has been featured in Fine Woodworking and Woodshop News, as well as other periodicals and books. A sought-after keynote speaker, he was also the Chair of the national Furniture Society Conference in 2010 at MIT.
His work is in private and public collections as well as the collections of the Metropolitan Museum and the Boston Museum of Fine Arts.