Several years ago I was asked to make a project and given a photograph of what the client was looking for. I was told that the client did not know who the orginal builder was . I went ahead and decided to pursue the job because quiet frankly I was...
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Location: Millmont, PA
I received a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing from Penn State University in 1987. However, my formal education provided very few experiences that I credit with developing my skills as a furniture maker. The world has been my classroom. I am blessed with a keen eye. I pay attention to details. In that sense, I have studied my craft since I was a child, as I was always interested in how objects were put together.
In my mid-twenties I started building my own furniture and furnishings. And that is how I learned my craft for the most part. I am a kinesthetic learner so building pieces and seeing the results has reinforced my skills and my style slowly over time. I did take one workshop with a Master Craftsman, Steven Lamont, in 1996. That experience definitely helped me further develop my eye for details and instilled the importance of craftsmanship in making a piece of furniture that will last for generations. I learned my craft very gradually, by making mistakes, taking risks, experimenting with different techniques, working with clients, and getting feedback from others.
My work has changed dramatically over the last 15 years or so. I have found my own style and it is heavily influenced by the American Arts and Crafts movement and individual craftsmen like George Nakashima and James Krenov. Many of my pieces have an Asian influence as well. My home and workshop are located near the heart of Bald Eagle State Forest so I also gain a lot of inspiration from the trees in my environment. Some of my pieces have natural edges, and I always allow the tree to influence the design in those cases.
In addition to working at home as a professional furniture maker I am co-founder of the Blue Butterfly Fund. Our 501 (c) (3) non profit organization provides financial assistance to families whose children have cancer. You can read more about the Blue Butterfly Fund at www.bluebutterflyfund.org
I look forward to sharing my work and receiving your feedback .
-- John , Central PA , www.jcsterling.com on facebook: http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/JC-Sterling-fine-furniture/104430802928776
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This weekend (March 23-25) is the 18th annual Philadelphia Invitational Furniture show. The show has moved to the 23rd Street Armory and features artisan handmade furniture from over 75 exhibitors. The preview party is Friday from 6-9pm and featur...
I will have 5 pieces showing at the 2011 WORKS in WOOD. The 11th Annual Exhibition opens on November 12th at New Hope Arts’ Robin Larsen Gallery ,2 Stockton Ave, New Hope, PA. This featured event on the roster of New Hope ...
The New Hope, PA arts council will open their 2010 works in wood exhibition on Nov 20. Show will run until Jan 1, 2011. 34 wood artisans will be showing sculpture, turning, fine furniture, etc. all with the same wonderfully versitile material . ...