Handmade | Mindmade

an exhibition of Uncommon Furniture


Founded in 1981, College of the Redwoods Fine Woodworking Program has produced generations of fine craftspeople.

"One of the most influential programs of its kind in the country." - THE NEW YORK TIMES

In a time when technological advances have us juggling ever-smaller devices that promise better, more connected lives, and ordering goods from halfway around the globe, Handmade/Mindmade is a rare opportunity.

This exhibition features more than 40 handcrafted wood furniture pieces made by graduates of the internationally renowned College of the Redwoods Fine Woodworking Program founded by James Krenov in 1981. Students invest uncounted hours in perfecting works that will last generations, and are educated both with technique, and an acute sensitivity to tools and materials, craft and personal expression.

In addition to foregrounding the completed works that emerge from this program, the exhibition will shed light on the learning process. A selection of hand tools, design drawings, and in-progress pieces will give viewers an insight into the works’ making, from design to construction of maquettes, from wood selection to hand-cut joinery.

The exhibition and programming are supported by The Krenov Foundation.


Sunday 6/5  5:30-7:00PM
An Evening with David Welter: 30 Years of Fine Woodworking
Featuring David Welter in conversation with Jennifer Anderson
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Thursday 6/9  6:00-8:00PM
Making Meaning: Craft and Technology
JD Sassaman, Mary Elizabeth Yarbrough, Donald Fortescue, Matt Hutchinson

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Friday 6/10  6:00-8:00PM
Educating Makers
Danny Montoya, Chris Wood, Jay Van Arsdale, Elizabeth Thorp, Susan Working
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Accompanying the exhibition is a full week of programming grappling with many of the most pressing issues in contemporary craft: staying alive as a craftsperson in this economy; the education of makers for the 21st century; and the many ways that technology and craft intersect in the making of objects.

6/2 Thursday  6:00-8:00PM
Opening Reception

Friday 6/3  6:oo-8:00PM
Staying Alive: The Economy of Small Scale
Jared Rusten, Greg Zall, Hannah Beatrice Quinn, Heather Trosdahl, Mollie Ferguson, Frank Green
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Sunday 6/5  3:oo-5:00PM
Meet the Makers
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Exhibition Hours
June 2-10, 2016
Daily 9:00AM - 9:00PM

Desai | Matta Gallery
1453 Mission St
(South-of-Market Location)
San Francisco, CA 94103

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