About the Masterclass
So… now you can cut a beautiful dovetail, put a frame together with mortise and tenon joinery and make well-crafted rectilinear forms. But maybe there is more? Perhaps furniture can be more, maybe fluid and biomorphic forms, maybe our furniture can even carry a narrative – even tell stories and work with sound..
Join Ross Annels for this one-day Design Meets Sculpture Masterclass and explore the expressive side of design for furniture making. This class is an introduction to a range of advanced techniques for creating and joining furniture elements in a sculptural way. You will sketch, dream, talk, model, and examine techniques including stack-lamination, power carving, steam and laminated bending, coopering, turning, unorthodox joinery, burning and painting to achieve sculptural forms that also serve a functional purpose.
You will then work collaboratively to design and begin building a small table or a seating form, providing the maximum opportunity to explore a range of approaches. You won’t take home a finished widget – but you will leave with new ideas and vision, and alternative ways to work with wood and create furniture.
Ross Annels is a studio artist and furniture maker who works from the Cooroora Institute in the Noosa Hinterland on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast. Sometimes Ross imagines himself as the rainforest dwelling lovechild of an English-perfectionist-school furniture maker, and a crazed modernist sculptor. He is best known as a designer/maker of furniture although his practice encompasses wood art, public sculpture, printmaking, photography and metals. Ross’ work explores themes of ecology, eco-regionalism and landscape memoir. Birdsong becomes furniture, wood grain becomes block-prints, leaves become copper sculptures – the politics of humanity rewoven into the ecology of the earth.
The intent of this Design Meets Sculpture Masterclass is to equip participants with techniques for creating and joining furniture elements in a sculptural way. This course is perfect for anyone wishing to explore their own alternative directions in design, furniture making and sculpture. This class is intended for moderate to advanced woodworkers – only 14 places available so purchase your ticket today.