Tell us about your business.On the path to earning a science degree, I fell in love with making objects. From the very first time I cut a piece of wood, I knew I had found my medium. I learned my craft from some of the best makers in the world while studying at the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship in Rockport, Maine, and Sheridan College in Oakville, Ontario. Once I had completed my formal education, I started my own business. And I never looked back. My process varies from project to project, but generally it involves sketches, scale models, a full size mock-up, and technical drawings. I really try to resolve all aesthetic, functional, and technical issues before I begin construction. When I began, I mostly made pieces for private clients. Over time it has evolved to include interior designers and architects. Recently a local home design store began carrying my work. Eventually I would like to develop a line of pieces that could be sold in small boutique stores across the USA.
What makes your business stand out?Where do I sit? Where do I sleep? Where do I eat? How do I store this? Furniture, at its most basic level, is a solution to everyday problems. Being a woman in a male-dominated field affords me a different perspective. And it is this outlook that allows me to solve these common problems with novel solutions. Beauty, utility, and comfort are not mutually exclusive. I love the challenge of balancing the aesthetic and utilitarian aspects of each piece I design and build. Many argue that form follows function. However, I believe that form and function are equally important, that they must act together to create a whole. My designs often employ the use of pattern and repetition, building works whose totals are greater than the sum of their parts. Designing and crafting furniture to last is inherently a green practice. However, I also put much care and attention into the lumber I choose. Domestic hardwoods which have been sustainably harvested are the foundation of my business.
What's the best business advice you've received?Talent isn't enough. Anything worthwhile takes hard work.
Mark Your Calendar
NominationsJune 3–Aug. 29, 2014
Nominate yourself or other aspiring makers.
JudgingJune 23–Sept. 8, 2014
Judges will select finalists throughout this period.
Online VotingSept. 15–Oct. 13, 2014
Vote for your favorite American makers.
Winners AnnouncedOct. 17, 2014
2014 Award Winners and Audience Choice Winner announced.
American Made EventNov. 7–8, 2014
Join us for our annual event in New York City.