The Latest from the Fellowship

Written by Heide Martin on .

Fall is a busy time in the Jackson Building, and the benches are full with a creative, dedicated group of Fellows. Read on to see the latest from the Fellowship Program, and meet our current group of furniture makers!


 Helen Helfand, a graduate of our Nine-month Comprehensive program and former assistant to the Furniture Intensive, focuses on cutting a sliding dovetail.

Teresa Audet, who works as a furniture maker, artist, and instructor in Minnesota, tunes up one of her handmade Japanese planes.

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Emma Senft works in Montreal as a furniture maker and designer, and Jace Cooke is a graduate of our Turning Intensive and a recent Maine transplant.


Mya Nelson, a graduate of our Nine-month Comprehensive program, works on the design of a cabinet.


Yuri Kobayashi, long-time CFC instructor and Fellow, brings both rigor and humor to the Jackson Building. She generously shares her extensive knowledge of both woodworking techniques and our campus facilities with Fellows and students alike.


Furniture makers working in the Fellowship often have the opportunity to work alongside CFC instructors and resident artists like Yuri, and the last few months have been no exception. Chance Coalter passed through the Fellowship earlier this fall, and this summer Tom Kealy, David Upfill-Brown and Aled Lewis shared the shop with Yuri. There was so much experience and skill in the building that students and off-campus visitors alike made frequent visits! Below, David works on the details of cabinet he built while in the Jackson Building.


The generous sharing of knowledge and ideas in the Fellowship makes for a fertile, creative environment. The Fellowship was recently visited by students from the Maine College of Art’s Woodworking and Furniture Design degree program as part of a tour of Midcoast Maine woodworking destinations. Below, Fellow Jace Cooke discusses the construction of a solid-wood bench with students, and Yuri demonstrates her technique for a three-stage steambending process.

fellowshipblog7Photo by Nikki Farrand Rayburn

fellowshipblog8Photo by Nikki Farrand Rayburn

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Another benefit of the program is that Fellows have the option to sit in on workshop lectures and demonstrations. Jace Cooke sat in on Jarrod Dahl’s Greenwood Spoons and Vessels workshop earlier this fall, and here he discusses carving techniques with Jarrod.



Biweekly studio critiques with Director Peter Korn and visiting faculty give Fellows a chance to discuss their work and progress. The sharing of knowledge and ideas happens on a more informal, everyday basis as well, as Fellows help each other with their own expertise and experience. Here, Fellows Teresa Audet and Mya Nelson talk driver bits.


For many, the Fellowship is an opportunity to experiment with new designs and techniques, and this spirit of experimentation and innovation makes for a rich working environment. A visitor to the Jackson building these days might be inspired by just peeking at someone’s workspace.


Emma Senft is experimenting with carving and bleaching different woods, to inform the design of a free-standing cabinet. A cardboard and poplar mock-up gives her the opportunity to study scale and proportion.





Teresa Audet is developing a series of sculptural cabinets that combine alternative materials with a palette of rich colors. Her work area is full of studies in color, texture, and form.




Fellow Helen Helfand is working on refining several designs, including the batch production of coopered plant holders with woven bottoms. Here, a neat stack of milled lumber awaits the next stage of the build.


Mya Nelson joined the Fellowship just this week, and is working through the design of a cabinet through a quick series of sketches and scale models.


Jace Cooke’s projects include streamlined pieces of furniture that feature turned elements, such as this bench. He is also pursuing the build of a small boat!

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Fellows are expected to contribute six hours per week to the school, helping out with tasks that range from facilities maintenance to special events setup. Here, Fellow Teresa Audet collects recycling in the workshop.


Despite the busy, collaborative atmosphere, Fellows are able to make time to relax and recharge. Here, Jace Cooke takes a break on the front porch.


If you are ever making a visit to campus, be sure to take a walk through the Jackson Building. Ask questions if you are curious about what you see! And be sure to check out past posts about the Fellowship Program, including an April 2018 Guest Post by Fellow Angela Robbins, a November 2017 profile of a chair designed by Fellow Peter Lutz, and our July 2017 update. You can also read more on our website about past Fellows, and find details about how to apply.  


This fall and winter you can also view the work of past Fellows in the Messler Gallery. Our Scholars and Fellows Exhibition opened last week, and is on view until January 2, 2019.


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