Yuri Kobayahi

Artist’s Bio

Yuri Kobayashi creates furniture and sculptures that engage in repetition as both a creative endeavor and a ritual, embracing change and emphasizing process. She was born and raised in Japan, receiving her BA in architecture design at Musashino Art University in Tokyo. While there, she began training in traditional Japanese woodworking and eventually moved to the U.S. to earn an MFA in woodworking and furniture design at San Diego State University. She currently teaches within the Furniture Design Department at the Rhode Island School of Design and is actively producing work. Exhibited nationally, she earned a place in the Windgate Artist in Residency Program at SUNY Purchase College in 2010.

Kobayashi’s work conveys a sense of identity, origin, and experience through conceptual manipulations of shape and form in wood using traditional techniques. She has cited this overlapping of conceptual thought and traditional technique as an effort to reflect personal and social levels of consciousness. Through devoting her life and work to making objects, she has acknowledged the potential of craftwork to support and structure everyday life and establish a universal, constantly changing human aesthetic based in the natural world.



Artist’s Statement

“My work is a reflection of my identity, experiences, and empathy. It is a response to my honest perspective on fragments of humanity and life. I strive to depict facets of human nature that we all possess and share in particular, growth and emotional entities that accompany us throughout our life. In my recent work, I have found it fascinating to manipulate one of the excellent properties in wood; bending. It allows me to create work in intuitive manners.”


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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