Peter Korn, the Center’s Executive Director, has been a furniture maker since 1974. He is the author of Woodworking Basics: Mastering the Essentials of Craftsmanship (Taunton Press, 2003) and The Woodworker’s Guide to Hand Tools (Taunton Press, 1998), and Why We Make Things and Why It Matters: The Education of a Craftsman, (David R. Godine, 2013). Prior to founding the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship in 1992, Peter spent six years as Program Director at Colorado’s Anderson Ranch Arts Center and four years as adjunct Associate Professor at Drexel University. His award-winning furniture has been exhibited nationally in galleries and museums and his most recent article, “Thinking with Things: Design as Discovery” appeared in the December/January 2012 issue of Woodwork.
Peter’s approach to woodworking calls for a balance between traditional hand skills and effective machine use. “Craftsmanship,” says Peter, “is more than a set of skills; through the process of creating an object, we transform ourselves.”
Mark Juliana left the world of high tech in 2007 to explore more meaningful work and graduated from our Nine-month Comprehensive in 2008. After assisting in our summer workshops he returned to Ashland, OR where he set up a workshop and began to teach locally. In 2011 Mark returned to the Center as a Studio Fellow and in August of that year he joined our staff as Assistant Facilities Manager.
Clark Kellogg is a self-employed furniture maker in Houston, TX. He earned a B.A. in Studio Arts from the University of Virginia in 2003, following which he completed the inaugural Nine-Month Comprehensive program at the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship and, later, the Fine Woodworking Program at the College of the Redwoods in Fort Bragg, California. Clark’s work has been published in Fine Woodworking, Fine Homebuilding, Woodworker West, and Letter Arts Review. He exhibits nationally and, in 2010, received an Award of Merit in the biennial CraftTexas show at the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft. His website is kelloggfurniture.com.
Ian Kirk builds furniture and works as an arborist in Bar Harbor, ME. After working in several cabinet shops, he attended our Nine-month Comprehensive in 2011-2012. His work has been published in the Readers Gallery of Fine Woodworking (Nov. 2013) and he was awarded 3rd place in the Furniture Society's "Faculty Selects" competition in 2012. His website is igkwoodworking.com.
Yuri Kobayashi is a furniture maker and sculptor in Providence, RI. Born in Japan, she earned a B.A. in architectural design at Musashino Art University in Tokyo and then a certificate in woodworking from Shinrin Takumi Juku in Takayama City. From 2003-2006 she studied in the graduate furniture design program at San Diego State University, where she earned an M.F.A. Currently she teaches in the furniture program at the Rhode Island School of Design. Yuri exhibits her work nationally and has been awarded several competitive residencies, grants, and fellowships, including Windgate Artist-in-Residencies at SUNY Purchase in 2010 and the University of Wisconsin, Madison in 2011.
Brian Persico is a designer/maker with a studio in the Red Hook area of Brooklyn, NY. He graduated with honors from Pratt Institute with a degree in Industrial Design in 2009. Currently, Brian divides his time between custom furniture, built on commission, and bows, which he sells through BDDW, a high-end design store in Manhattan. In July, 2012 he was named one of “25 Young Designers to Watch” by Complex magazine and his work has been featured in the New York Times and the design site Core77. Brian's website is brianpersico.com.