Studio Open House 2021

For nearly 30 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 Rachel Derstine and Justin Long to join them at the Studio Open House.

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Brad Smith

furniture

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

www.bradfordwoodworking.com

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Royce Yoder

Stoneware Pottery

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

www.royceyoder.com

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Rachel Derstine

Fiber Art

Rachel Derstine is a fiber artist living in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. 

“I primarily use hand dyed or painted cottons, silks and nonwovens.  Having grown up in Japan I also have a love of Asian fabrics and kimono silks, incorporating these ancient traditional fabrics into my compositions. Use of sheers, couching and fabric paints give a sense of depth and texture. Slightly curving lines portray gracefulness and circles are often present representing wholeness and creativity.”

– Rachel Derstine

www.rachelderstinedesigns.com

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Justin Long

Steel Sculpture

Working out of his Bucks County studio, Justin Long has created sculptures from carved stone and hand formed steel for over 20 years. He is a graduate of the Solebury School, where his love of making art began. He later went on to study fine art at Alfred University where he developed his unique style. His experience in the art world ranges from stone fabrication at Digital Stone, to assistant teaching at Bucks County Community College, to moving large scale sculptures for Harry Gordon Studios. Justin has shown work throughout the northeast and sold pieces to a number of private collectors. He currently has work on permanent display at the Solebury School and the Doylestown Community Conservatory.

Justin also specializes in custom steel fabrication for a variety of clients, producing one of a kind architectural elements for residential homes and the hospitality industry.

www.justinlongart.com

Thanksgiving
Weekend
2021

November 26, 10am – 5pm
November 27, 10am – 5pm
November 28, Noon – 5pm

Thanksgiving Weekend 2021

November 26, 10am – 5pm
November 27, 10am – 5pm
November 28, Noon – 5pm

At Bradford Woodworking

3120 Fisher Road
Lansdale PA 19446
610-584-1150