Introduction to Steam Bending

June 28 - July 2, 2024

Introduction to Steam Bending

$920.00

Details Fee Breakdown:
Tuition: $770
Material Fee: $150

Embark on a five-day journey into the art and science of steam bending wood. This hands-on and playful workshop will explore the design possibilities inherent in curves, transforming straight wood into curved or twisted forms. We will directly experiment with the material, sparking creativity and generating ideas. Participants will craft unique, organic lines and forms through mold-making and bending with or without molds. Potential projects include trays, lampshades, small tables, components of furniture, or sculptures. The primary objective of this workshop is to make learning the fundamentals of wood steam bending and its process enjoyable. Join us for a dynamic exploration of this craft, where the result is not just the creation of functional or artistic pieces but also a deeper understanding and appreciation for the artistry of bending wood.

Workshops run from 9:00am to 5:00pm each day
Lunch is included for all participants

Level: Beginner and Beyond
Workshop Levels

Definitions of Skill Levels for Workshops

  • Beginner and Beyond: Introductory level course that presents basic knowledge of tools, materials and techniques and is geared towards first timers or those who want to improve and expand their technique. It takes time to build skills.
  • Advanced Beginner and Beyond: Instruction that assumes some familiarity with tools, materials and equipment. Includes reviews and builds on basic skill sets, allows for those with more experience to work at their own pace. Further development of fundamentals, participants have had at least one class or equivalent with professional instruction.
  • Intermediate: Course content that assumes a working knowledge of basic studio tools, materials and equipment necessary to accomplish the projects and techniques to be explored. Participants feel comfortable in the studio setting.
  • Intermediate to Advanced: Course content that requires a proficient working knowledge of studio tools, materials and equipment necessary to accomplish the projects and techniques to be explored in class.
  • Advanced: Assumes proficiency and advanced working knowledge of materials and studio tools and equipment so that the focus is on artistic narrative and/or technical development.
Ages: Adult

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ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR

Yuri Kobayashi

Yuri Kobayashi is an accomplished furniture maker and sculptor based in Rockport, Maine. Originally from Japan, she earned a B.A. in architectural design at Musashino Art University in Tokyo and a woodworking certificate from Shinrin Takumi Juku in Takayama City. Yuri holds an M.F.A. in furniture design from San Diego State University, where Wendy Murayama mentored her. Her dedication to the craft is further showcased by over a decade of teaching experience at the renowned Rhode Island School of Design. In addition to her teaching endeavors, Yuri’s work has been featured in national exhibitions and magazines, earning her prestigious residencies, grants, and fellowships. Noteworthy among these are the Windgate Artist-in-Residencies at SUNY Purchase, the University of Wisconsin in Madison, and the Arizona State University Art Museum. Over the past decade, Yuri has been an instructor and is currently a lead studio fellow informally mentoring through the studio fellowship program at the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship in Maine. Here, she continues to create captivating pieces that seamlessly blend traditional woodworking techniques with her innate sense of wonder and emotion. From abstract sculptures to functional furniture, Yuri’s work reflects a harmonious marriage of craftsmanship and artistic expression.

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