Don Miller with Guest Artist Donald Cope
DATES: August 17 – 28, 2015
SKILL LEVEL: II – lV
CONCEPT: In this workshop we look at synergy as inspiration for contemporary making. Wood and iron bonded eons ago and were the bases of a pre-industrial building culture that was mutually supportive: a synergy. Each material remains as metaphorical anchors of culture. The essential characters of wood and metal are investigated in the studio. A range of processes from simple hand-work to digital design are explored. An ability in one area supports and opens possibilities in the creative use of new materials. Students can expect a range of specific form-making strategies, lively discussions and innovative approaches that tread the margin of art/craft.
MEDIA & TECHNIQUES: Students use solid wood, plywood, veneer, mild steel sheets, bars, tubes, drawing materials and computer assisted lay-out, a variety of compound building strategies for both steel and wood, traditional joinery, steel fabrication and safe machinery practices.
ACTIVITIES: We design, using traditional drawing methods and computer assisted layouts to create vessels, forms or functional objects and learn with hands-on demonstrations of techniques, presentations, lectures, informal discussions and studio work.
FACULTY: Furniture maker Don Miller holds an M.F.A. in 3-D design from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is currently the Director of the Crafts/Wood program at The University of the Arts in Philadelphia.
Designer and craftsman Donald Cope founded Athens, Georgia-based STÅLRØR in 1992. A graphic designer and industrial artist by training, Donald turned to furniture design and sculptural metalwork to transcend limitations of print design. www.stalror.com
Tuition: $1075 OR Tuition + Studio Support Donation: $1475
Studio Fee: $155