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), The Woodworker’s Guide to Hand Tools (Taunton Press, 1998), and Why We Make Things and Why It Matters (David R. Godine, 2013). Prior to founding the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship in 1993, 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.
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.”
To listen to Peter Korn's talk on "Why We Make Things and Why It Matters" at the 2015 Hay Literary Festival, click here.
Shannon Bowser is a designer/builder in Brooklyn, NY, with a background in sculpture and museum fabrication. Her company, Brooklyn SLaB, specializes in multipurpose accent pieces for small spaces that combine contemporary design and traditional decorative techniques, with a focus on sustainability. Shannon has twice received Fellowships here, and was awarded an Open Studio Residency at Haystack Mountain School of Crafts in 2015. In recent years, she has exhibited at BKLN Designs and the Architectural Digest Design Show in New York. For more information, visit bkslab.com.
Mary Ellen Hitt builds furniture on commission, while also working as Facilities Assistant here at the Center. Following graduation from college with a degree in cultural studies and photography, she worked as a carpenter in New York City for six years, doing high-end architectural restoration. In 2014 she completed our Furniture Intensive, after which she was awarded a Fellowship.
Mark Juliana left the world of high tech in 2007 to explore more meaningful work and graduated from our Nine-month Comprehensive in 2008. 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, where he serves as an instructor, Assistant Facilities Manager, and Digital Fabrication Supervisor.
Mike Korsak is an award-winning furniture maker in Pittsburgh, PA, whose work has been exhibited widely in galleries and museums, including the Fuller Craft Museum in Brockton, MA, the State Museum of Pennsylvania in Harrisburg, PA, and the Westmoreland Museum of American Art in Greensburg, PA. In recent years he has written several articles for Fine Woodworking and his work has been featured in the Journal of the Guild of New Hampshire Woodworkers, among other publications. For more information, visit mikekorsak.com.
Marcus Soto is a furniture maker in Stone Ridge, NY, who graduated from our Furniture Intensive in 2006. His company, Sojen Design, is a custom, contemporary design studio. Marcus’ work was featured in Real Simple magazine in 2016 and he wrote the cover article for the August 2017 issue of Fine Woodworking on building a trestle table. Marcus is also a partner and lead designer at New York Heartwoods. For more information, visit sojendesign.com and newyorkheartwoods.com.
Michaela Stone is an artist and furniture maker in Rockport, ME. Following a 2011 B.A. in Fine Arts from Skidmore College, she took our Furniture Intensive and stayed on as a Fellow. She has been awarded residencies at Anderson Ranch Arts Center in Snowmass Village, CO; the Center for Art in Wood in Philadelphia, PA; and San Diego State University. Other awards include a 2014 Artist Award from Boston’s Society of Arts and Crafts, as well as grants from the Maine Arts Commission and the Furniture Society. Michaela’s work has been exhibited nationally. For more information, visit michaelacstone.com.