People often ask where do I get my ideas? Early on I was fortunate to be exposed to wonderful teachers. Wendell Castle, James Krenov, Jerry Osgood and Art Carpenter, who all encouraged thinking outside the box.

My education opened the doors to all aspects of my trade. I’ve worked implementing new designs for large factories, teaching, designing and building large scale factories overseas. I have designed lines of furniture for factory production, produced commissions and created Art Furniture that pushed the boundaries for gallery presentation. Today, I relish opening the door every morning to my own studio workshop.

I enjoy producing work that challenges me and people’s conventional ideas of furniture. Making objects that others want to touch, question and use is very satisfying, and it is most gratifying creating furniture that makes people smile.

It’s rare to find an individual that combines craftsmanship, creativity, and an artistic eye.

– Brad Solomon, Creative Director for the Skagit County Explorer

Selected Biographic Information
B.F.A. 1973
Rochester Institute of Technology School for American Craftsman
Aaron Rosenstein Award for outstanding Creative Achievement
Studio assistant Mr. Wendell Castle, Scottsville NY
Design and prototype work Gunlocke Furniture Co., Wayland NY
1976 – 1988
Welch and Associates, Marshall CA
1989 – 1990
Advisor, Furniture manufacturing operations, United States Agency for International Development, Project Indonesia Klaten, Central, Java, Indonesia
1990 – 1991
Private Consultant to P.T. Puri Agung, World Bank Grant, Export Support Board, Semarang, Central, Java, Indonesia
1991, 1993
General Manager P.T. Panca Presetya Agung, Semarang, Central, Java, Indonesia
1994 – 1998
Established Studio, Marshall CA
Established Studio, La Conner WA
1979 – 1998
Instructor under auspices of the Baulines Craft Guild and State of California, apprenticeship program
Guest Lecturer, Woodworking and Design Conference, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
1986, 1988
Guest Lecturer Woodworking and Design Conference, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada
1988 – 1989
Instructor, Town School, San Francisco CA
1987 – 1988
Guest Lecturer, University of California at Berkeley, College of Environmental Design
1990 -1991
Guest Lecturer Institute, Seni Rupa dan Disain, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
Instructor, Bellingham Technical College, Bellingham WA
Guest Lecturer, Skagit County History Museum – Selected Exhibitions
Nieman Marcus, Featured California artists, Dallas San Francisco, Beverly Hills, Dallas Baulines Guild, Master Craftsman Exhibition
Workbench Gallery, NY NY, Snyderman Gallery Philadelphia PA
American Crafts – San Francisco CA, Settings – San Francisco CA
Furniture in the Aluminum Vein – Oakland CA, American Style Macy’s – San Francisco CA
ROSCO Design Awards, for Design and Manufacturing, NY NY
Design 88, San Francisco CA, East meets West, New York, Tokyo
Solo Exhibition, Skagit County Historical Museum – Skagit County, WA
Stem Exhibit, Schack Art Center – Everett, WA
Northwest Craft 20, Bellevue Arts Museum – Bellevue, WA
Currents 2020, Schack Art Center – Everett, WA