Are you wondering about how to become a furniture maker? Ready to change that hobby into a career? Join us for a panel discussion with five awesome furniture makers' journeys moderated by Preston Dorsett, a budding furniture maker. Preston will lead the discussion for the first hour and then you can ask questions to the panelists for the final 30 minutes! We are recording the talk so if you cant make it that night, you can watch it later! We will email you a link post discussion!
Teresa Audet is a sculptor and object maker from Minneapolis. Audet holds a BFA in Furniture Design from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design and has studied at the Mount Fuji School of Fine Woodworking in Yamanashi, Japan. She has been awarded two Artist Initiative Grants from the Minnesota State Arts Board and has participated in artist residencies and exhibitions internationally. Audet is currently an MFA candidate in Sculpture at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. www.teresaaudet.com
Preston Dorsett is a Minneapolis based maker currently working as an Apprentice at Juxtaposition Arts and with Keith Wyman at Concrete Pig. These apprenticeships represent part of his approach to building a career as a furniture maker. In the future he hopes to be able to focus on growing a craft and design community on the North Side of Minneapolis
Baboucarr Faal is a graduate of Old Dominion University with a B.S. in Computer Engineering. While carving out his career, equity has always been passion of his. Baboucarr has a world view guided by a “balanced equation” theory developed through a spiritual background which encourages those who are fortunate to balance the equation of life by lending a hand. In 2014, with a clear vision and increased confidence, Baboucarr helped launch a non profit organization called Together for Gambia. Two years later, he launched Charity Builds to fundraise for the Together for Gambia by donating proceeds for his furniture builds to support livelihood projects in The Gambia. www.charitybuilds.com
Daej Hamilton in her own words, “I started woodworking in the 6th grade. Growing up in Toronto, I didn’t know any woodworkers who looked like me. I’m really grateful for the teachers and my mom who pushed me to keep going. As I continued woodworking throughout the years, I understood how important representation was. This caused me to build up the courage to start my own studio practice and evolve so much so that I’m able to share my skills with others. www.daejdesigns.com
Zac Jurden in his own words, “I’m Zac Jurden from Kansas City, Missouri and I’ve been building things somewhat professionally for the last 8 years. I began working in the trades as a carpenter in residential remodeling which ultimately led me to an interest in craft. In 2018, I attended the Krenov School in Fort Bragg California and graduated in 2020. Since then, I’ve worked on a few custom furniture pieces and started a job as a fabricator for The Rabbit Hole, a children’s literature museum/ “Explorastorium” here in Kansas City. I am also a member at Maker Village KC, a community wood and metal shop that I have been involved with in various roles since 2013.”
Kelly Parker is a designer and maker of contemporary studio furniture and sculpture. After graduating with a degree in Biochemistry she worked in the corporate world for 18 years before taking a rather circuitous route into art. She has been awarded a professional development grant from the Furniture Society, was the first recipient of a professional development grant awarded by the Krenov Foundation and was awarded Best in Show at the biannual chair exhibition, American Craft Today: Chairs, hosted by The Bascom Gallery in North Carolina. Her work has been featured in Fine Woodworking, Australian Wood Review, and Rooted: Creating a Sense of Place: Contemporary Studio Furniture. Kelly’s work often incorporates other materials such as metal, glass and acrylic. She is a passionate advocate for the craft and enjoys sharing her knowledge with others through both writing and teaching. www.woodsongstudio.com
This discussion will be held on Zoom so that we can take your questions live and connect with these awesome craftspeople!
Each panelist and the moderator is paid $75 ($450) We are hoping we can get 30 people to sign up and pay $15 to cover paying these talented people. We want to keep this accessible so sliding scale is set to $0 so please come if you want to hear this talk. No one will be turned away.