Wood Bending: curves & structure – W0305

December 11, 2014

Posted In: Furniture and Woodworking

Matthias Pliessnig

DATES: June 15 – 26, 2015


CONCEPT: Challenge the conventional idea that wood should be flat. Students begin by understanding the material properties of wood with a series of explorations solving design problems, innovating structural solutions and dealing with dynamic loads (the body). Each student combines his personal aesthetic with the rules of a chosen system to make a piece that is both structurally sound and a personal expression of beauty and function.

MEDIA & TECHNIQUES: Students use wood, traditional and inventive woodworking techniques.

ACTIVITIES: We learn with slide lectures and project reviews throughout the workshop. Demonstrations include steam bending, free-form bent lamination and various joinery techniques.

FACULTY: Matthias Pliessnig is a B.F.A. graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design and received his M.F.A. from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Matthias is drawn to the associations of permanence and integrity suggested by wood while embracing the natural laws of the material and aims to challenge the perceptions of his audiences. His work has been exhibited at the Wexler Gallery in Philadelphia, the International Art & Design Fair in New York, and is in the permanent collections of the Museum of Art and Design in New York, the Smithsonian American Museum of Art in Washington, DC, James A. Michener Art Museum in Philadelphia and ASU Art Museum in Arizona. www.matthias-studio.com

Tuition: $975 OR Tuition + Studio Support Donation: $1375
Studio Fee: $155

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