Studio Open House 2019
For over 20 years, Brad Smith and Royce Yoder have brought together a variety of artists and craftspeople for a fun filled weekend of art and craft. Held each year over Thanksgiving weekend, the Studio Open House has become a tradition among families and friends alike. This year Brad and Royce have invited Joel Anderson and David Winigrad to join them at the open house.
Furniture makers frequently ride the coattails of easily recognized styles such as Shaker, Country or Arts and Crafts. In my work, I intentionally try not to be pigeonholed into an existing furniture design category. What I try to do is make furniture that has not been seen before, but still retains some familiarity. That familiarity is gained through the use of good proportions, honest construction, and old-fashioned usefulness. My basic concept is to use “off the shelf” parts in ways that were never intended—as elements in the furniture. Because the shop is located on a farm, I decided to develop that as a “theme,” which is why the parts are farm related. The idea is to make something special out of something ordinary. Ax handles seemed to be the perfect chair leg with their gentle S-curve and knobby foot. Pitchforks make ideal supports for chair backs and they even have some spring when you lean back. Disc blades, used on farm equipment, are equally good as bases for my coatrees, lamps, and music stands. These “parts” have become significant elements in my design vocabulary and give the furniture its distinctive Bradford “look.”
– Brad Smith
I enjoy making pots! I have a BA/Art from Goshen College, Goshen, IN, 1976. Started making pots for a living in 1978 and have been in my current studio since 1982. I love the rhythm, flow, and pace of working by myself. Each day has new problems to solve and work is never dull.
There is a certain satisfaction of seeing completed pieces at the end of a day, week, month, and year. The challenge is staying fresh and not allowing the work to become routine. I am always looking to “smarten up” my work by tweaking the details of form, color and purpose. It has been a rich and rewarding career.
– Royce Yoder
handprinted fine art photography
“I’m a fine art photographer using traditional film and darkroom techniques. I am presenting work from my current projects including photographs of animals in sanctuaries, and of former slave dwellings. My work has received awards from the Center for Fine Art Photography in Colorado, and the Royal Photographic Society in England, among others. ”
– Joel Anderson
“The traditional whirligig has long enjoyed a cherished place within the world of folk art. My work is a contemporary reinterpretation of this most uniquely American art form. Crafted from fine American hardwoods, exotic secondary woods, brass hardware and various other natural materials, these kinetic sculptures retain the whimsy and charm of the original whirligigs. Each sculpture (basically a simple machine) transforms the mechanical motion of the camshaft and cam into a myriad of unexpectedly organic movements. ”
– David Winigrad