Janice Charach Gallery, West Bloomfield, MI
Sunday, March 25 – Thursday, May 10
The exhibition includes over 50 artists and covers the various approaches of furniture and ceramic art from the utilitarian to functional based sculpture.
TABLE TALK, workshop at Penland School of Crafts
May 27 - June 8, 2018
A table is a piece of furniture with a flat top and one or more legs, providing a level surface on which objects may be placed. In this workshop we’ll explore a variety of solid wood table designs. We’ll engage in the design process through model making and presentations on influential table designs. Once you narrow down a design, you’ll learn the best techniques and use the most appropriate materials to construct and finish your table. We’ll cover basic joinery and the safe use of hand and machine tools.
SIMPLE CABINET: basic woodworking techniques, workshop at the Anderson Ranch Arts Center
June 25-29, 2018
Embark on the artistic adventure of cabinetry. In this workshop, we explore the craft of building a small wall-hung cabinet with a hinged door and a drawer. This class is a study of basic construction with a less-is-more aesthetic theme while we make an elegantly crafted cabinet. We learn how how to select parts from solid wood to create a harmonious piece based on natural designs. Master a variety of important skills that can be used in many future furniture making projects.
Media & Techniques:
We work with solid wood, and selecting and preparing wood. We also explore safe milling and machine practices, traditional joinery, use of hand tools and how to set hardware, and provide an overview of making jigs and finishing.
Through discussions, slide lectures and demonstrations, this workshop teaches students wood joinery and techniques used for cabinets and boxes. A presentation about cabinets throughout history provides us with inspiration and knowledge of the integrity of traditional joinery.
ALTERNATIVE MATERIALS: cardboard construction, workshop at the Anderson Ranch Arts Center
July 2-6, 2018
Take a fresh look at an everyday material, and then apply your new perspective to three-dimensional design. Corrugated cardboard has inherent character and beauty. A useful versatility and undulating patterns beckon investigation of the infinite ways this undervalued material can be used. In this workshop we explore the potential of new and recycled cardboard as a material for creating two- and three-dimensional, functional and nonfunctional objects.
Media & Techniques:
We work with cardboard, wood, plaster, cement, paint, fire, water, weight, glue, screws, twist ties, pins and other materials. We explore turning, cutting, laminating and shaping cardboard.
We enjoy lectures, technical demonstrations, slide presentations, plenty of hands-on time and lots of fun.
SLIDESHOW, Cardboard Becomes Electric
Slideshow from my 2015 spring Residency at SUNY Purchase College. Special thanks to Jon Binzen for putting it together.