Meet Joe Hogan, basket maker from Ireland. He wrote a book called Basket Making in Ireland and continues to make contemporary baskets. I just met him at the Design Week show called Tent at the Truman Brewery in Shoreditch, London. See more at joehoganbaskets.com
Joël is a full-time artist creating abstract figurative sculptures. His studio is in Hickory, NC where he works alone carving and creating unique one of a kind sculptures in both wood and bronze. His work has been shown in Japan as well as various galleries and museums throughout the United States. His work has also been widely published in magazines and books.
Joël Urruty was born in San Francisco, CA in 1968, the son of Basque immigrants. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Industrial technology at San Francisco State University. He apprenticed as a furniture maker under David J. Marks, Master Craftsman, and later went on to earn a Masters of Fine Art in Woodworking and Furniture Design from the School of American Crafts at Rochester Institute of Technology.
Bruce R. MacDonald has been a metal smith for over twenty years, producing works that are, in his words, "engineered to bring the concept of beauty in its true timeless sense into our daily reality."
MacDonald's work has won numerous awards over the years. Most recently he received the 2002 Niche Design Award, although he claims his favorite was "The Most Innovative Use of Materials Award" at the Philadelphia Furniture Show curated by the chairman of the industrial design department of the Rhode Island School of Design. He says it's "nice to be recognized" for his work combining so many different materials. "Juxtaposition is high energy," he says.
He recently completed a commissioned sculpture for the head of the Human Genome Project commemorating the fiftieth anniversary of Watson and Crick's discovery of DNA (MacDonald's DVD rack also evokes DNA with its sculpted helix form). Bruce also created the lifetime achievement award for the Manchester Film Festival in fall of 2002. "I enjoy the dynamic of industrial design work for outside clients, my own production line and the pull of one-of-a-kind commissioned pieces," he says. "Keeps the tools sharp."
He maintains a studio in Burlington, Vermont producing a range of different designs. Bruce and his wife Ann have a house in the woods on the shore of Lake Champlain where they are surrounded by art and the natural world, as well as their four kids.
David is an multitalented artist who creates sculptural work from discovered repurposed material. He creates figurative work that has a deeper spiritual feeling. His Native figures are fetisistically wired together bits an pieces of peoples former lives into figurative sculptures that compel.
I first met Stan years ago at the Kinetic Museum in Ferndale California. He was a pilot in WWII and fell into advertising and design. He was always a tinkerer and stated making sculptures from wire. He made some semi functional planes and dragons and then stumbled upon rolling ball sculpture. He believed he was the only one doing his kind of work and years later he found a culture of individuals who did the same.