The MKE Fine Craft Studio Tour will continue while observing CDC Guidelines such as social distancing and mandatory face masks. More specifics about these adjustments will be addressed closer to the event when we have more information. Hand sanitizer and face masks (for purchase) will be available.
The MKE Fine Craft Studio Tour is a self-guided, open-studio tour showcasing Wisconsin Designer Crafts Council members with studios in Milwaukee County. Each studio location will feature the work of the host artists along with several guest artists showing their unique handicrafts. With eight different locations in the Milwaukee Area and more than 30 fine craft artists, you’re sure to find something you love!
I am the sole creator of my work. Elements from nature inspire this collection of one-of-a-kind hand-built sculpture, constructed primarily with white talc clay and finished with acrylic paint.
I create free spirited, sculpted art to wear to wake your body and perceptions.
Each piece that comes thru my hands starts out as slivers of recycled fabric, and, just like our lives, changes and grows, bit by bit, until the story is almost complete. Then it's up to you... to fill the bag, or drape the wrap... and open to the next chapter.
I started making furniture in earnest when I was 10. I had the good fortune of a few patient and skilled mentors, who taught me the use of tools as well as the love of local furniture woods, particularly walnut and butternut. During high school summers, I worked for a boat building and repair shop in Pewaukee, WI where I was the sailboat “splashboard guy” and also worked on maintaining and restoring mahogany Chris Crafts. Some of my tabletops have a boat or surfboard shape because of exposure to those forms and textures.
My furniture begins with the tabletop piece of wood. If a board is strikingly beautiful and has a certain “movement” in the grain, also known as chatoyancy, then it becomes the visual focus of my efforts. The other boards used to complete the piece are selected for color and sometimes contrast. I use traditional joint making techniques: mortise and tenon, and dovetails for drawers. The work of the late George Nakashima has been a big influence in my approach to wood. I integrate the sometimes rustic “live edge” with refined legs, slab and fluid shapes. My wife and I are fortunate to have inherited a large coffee table made by Mr. Nakashima in the early 60’s. It is a source of joy and inspiration and it challenges me to create the best piece of art that I can for the second life of a tree.