The faculty for the Twelve-week Intensive is drawn from among the following instructors. Additional faculty may be named as opening dates draw near. Please visit the instructors’ websites for more extensive views of their work.
Mark Juliana left the world of high tech in 2007 to explore more meaningful work and graduated from our Nine-month Comprehensive in 2008. He returned to Ashland, Oregon where he set up a workshop and began to teach locally. In 2011, Mark returned to the Center as a Studio Fellow and in August of that year he joined our staff as Assistant Facilities Manager.
Yuri Kobayashi is a furniture maker and sculptor in Providence, RI. Born in Japan, she earned a B.A. in architectural design at Musashino Art University in Tokyo and then a certificate in woodworking from Shinrin Takumi Juku in Takayama City. She also holds an M.F.A. in furniture design from San Diego State and currently teaches at the Rhode Island School of Design. Yuri exhibits nationally and has been awarded several competitive residencies, grants, and fellowships, including Windgate Artist-in-Residencies at SUNY Purchase in 2010, the University of Wisconsin, Madison in 2011, and the International Turning Exchange in Philadelphia in 2014.
Austin Matheson is a self-employed custom-furniture maker in Miami, Florida, as well as an adjunct professor at the University of Miami School of Architecture. He studied boatbuilding at the Rockport Apprenticeshop in Maine and is a graduate of the two-year furniture training program at the North Bennet St. School in Boston. Austin works primarily on commission, with a focus on historic styles of the Caribbean. His website is finehandmadefurniture.com.
Mason McBrien has been the Center’s Facilities Manager since August, 2011, although he still finds time to accept commissions for furniture and wood turning. After years of self-employment building custom furniture, museum installations, and historic garden architecture in New Hampshire, Mason enrolled in the Center’s 2007-2008 Nine-month Comprehensive and subsequently was awarded a Studio Fellowship. His work has been published in Fine Woodworking and in Lark Books’ 500 Tables (2009) and 500 Cabinets (2010).
Brian Reid is a 1995 honors graduate of England’s Parnham College, where he trained under John Makepeace. For many years he has divided his time between building furniture on commission and teaching at the Center. Brian’s work has been published in American Craft, Fine Woodworking, and Woodwork magazines and exhibited in galleries nationwide. He is a member of the New Hampshire Furniture Masters Association and, in 2007, was designated a “Searchlight Artist” by the American Craft Council. In 2012 he received a prestigious Artist Award from the Boston Society of Arts and Crafts. To see more of Brian’s work, go to brianreidfurniture.com.