Don Miller

Artist’s Bio

Don Miller is a furniture designer who works primarily with bentwood techniques in making functional, yet sculptural furniture. His current work focuses on spherical shapes created through subtle manipulations of oak. His work retains traces of his roots in instrument design with its balance and seeming simplicity along with functional designs.

Miller has been teaching as a professor at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia within the Crafts Department since 2006 and prior to that taught as an adjunct professor of furniture design at Rhode Island School of Design. His work has been shown in numerous exhibitions nationally and received many awards and fellowships as well, most recently receiving the Niche Award for Teaching Excellence in 2010.

Miller earned his BA from the German University of Kansas in 1972 and later extended his education at the London College of Furniture in 1978 studying Musical Instrument Technology. After many years of focusing on making instruments, he returned to school and studied art at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, earning an MFA in 3D Art in 2003.



Artist’s Statement

“Coaxing curvilinear form from wood requires a specific understanding of and empathy for a diverse body of simple materials. Processes involved are often non-linear, requiring extensive risk, problem solving and effort to attain seemingly simple results. I find this dense nexus of spontaneous experience, intuitive knowledge and invisible effort very rewarding.”


Artspace Survey Launch: Counting Asheville Artists & Creatives for Affordable Housing Solutions

The Center for Craft and Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce are pleased to announce the launch of a comprehensive community outreach campaign and survey to quantify affordable housing and space options for Asheville’s artists, makers, performers and creatives. The Arts Market Survey, with a tagline of “Keep Asheville Creative,” is the next step to addressing community need as part of a bigger project to develop live/work, mixed-use-model development for the creative sector in Asheville.


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