Peter Korn, the Center’s Executive Director, has been a furniture maker since 1974. He is the author of Woodworking Basics: Mastering the Essentials of Craftsmanship (Taunton Press, 2003), The Woodworker’s Guide to Hand Tools (Taunton Press, 1998), and Why We Make Things and Why It Matters (David R. Godine, 2013). Prior to founding the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship in 1992, Peter spent six years as Program Director at Colorado’s Anderson Ranch Arts Center and four years as adjunct Associate Professor at Drexel University. His award-winning furniture has been exhibited nationally in galleries and museums.
Peter’s approach to woodworking calls for a balance between traditional hand skills and effective machine use. “Craftsmanship,” says Peter, “is more than a set of skills; through the process of creating an object, we transform ourselves.”
Chance Coalter is a furniture designer and craftsman in San Diego, CA, and adjunct professor in the woodworking program at Palomar College in San Marcos, CA. Chance earned a B.A. in Applied Design from San Diego State University in 2013 and was subsequently awarded a Studio Fellowship at the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship. Among other honors, he received a 2015 Niche Award and, in the same year, a first-place award at the 34th annual Design in Wood competition in San Diego. To see more of Chance’s furniture, please visit chancecoalter.com.
Mary Ellen Hitt builds furniture on commission, while also working as Facilities Assistant here at the Center. Following graduation from college with a degree in cultural studies and photography, she worked as a carpenter in New York City for six years, doing high-end architectural restoration. In 2014 she completed our Furniture Intensive, after which she was awarded a Studio Fellowship.
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 an instructor and Assistant Facilities Manager.
Isabella Pierson creates furniture from a collaborative workshop in Thomaston, Maine. She also enjoys working on large-scale building projects, including wooden boat and timber frame construction. After completing the two-year program in traditional wooden boat building at The Apprenticeshop in Rockland, Maine, in 2007, she worked for three years at Rockport Marine in traditional wooden boat construction. In 2011 she completed our Furniture Intensive and then returned to The Apprenticeshop to work as an instructor for one year. Isabella’s work is represented by the Black Parrot boutique in Rockland and Portland, Maine. Her website is isabellabuilt.com.
Jeremy Zietz is a studio furniture maker with a background in product design, currently pursuing an MFA at Virginia Commonwealth University. From 2011-2014, he served as creative director and furniture maker at ShackletonThomas Furniture in Vermont, and managed the company's Naked Table Project. Before making furniture, Jeremy worked as a product designer at Continuum, a global innovation and design firm, where he created award-winning designs and worked in a diverse range of industries from medical devices to consumer electronics, toys, and furniture. To see more of Jeremy’s work, visit jeremyzietzstudio.com.