Custom furniture maker and wood worker Seth Rolland
  • Gallery Representation

    Northwest Woodworkers Gallery, Seattle, WA

    San Francisco Museum of Modern Art Store, San Francisco, CA

    Museum of Art and Design, New York, NY

    Bellevue Art Museum Store, Bellevue, WA

    Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Museum Store, Santa Barbara, CA

    Milwaukee Art Museum Store, Milwaukee, WI

    Gardiner Museum of Art, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

    The Gallery, Bainbridge Arts and Crafts, Bainbridge Island, WA

    Earthenworks Gallery, Port Townsend, WA

  • Publications

    New York Times, Home Section, Currents Column February 2014

    Western Art and Architecture Magazine June 2013

    Fine Woodworking Magazine Back Cover August 2010 [view]

    Fine Woodworking on line slide show [view]

    500 Cabinets, Lark Books, 2010

    500 Judaica, Lark Books, 2010

    New York Times Home Section, Currents Column 2/5/2009,   [view]

    500 Tables, Lark Books, 2009

    Design Book 8, Taunton Press, 2009 [view]

    Muhibah, inflight magazine of Royal Brunei Airlines, feature, May 2009

    Jefferson County Leader, Feature Article, 10/29/2008

    500 Chairs, Lark Books, 2008

    Seattle Times, NW Weekend , 7/24/2008

    Interior Design Magazine, May 2008

    Woodworkers Journal ezine, Feature Article, May 2008, [view]

    Hometone.org, Feature Article, April 2008 [view]

    Pacific Northwest Home Magazine, Feature Article, Feb 2008

    Woodworker West Magazine, Feature Article, January 2008 [view]

    Fine Woodworking, January 2008

    Woodworker West Magazine, September 2007 and January 2007

    Interior Design Magazine, June 2007

    Custom Woodworking Business Magazine, December 2006 [view]

    Luxe Magazine, Fall Issue, 2005

    Wood News Online, 2005 [view]

    400 Wood Boxes, Lark Books, 2004

    The Workshop Book, Taunton Press, 2004

    Port Townsend Leader, Jefferson County Week, 10/22/2003

    Modern Masters show #612, Home and Garden TV, 12/20/2001

    Fine Woodworking magazine, October, 2001

    Object Lessons: Beauty and Meaning in Art Guild Publishing, 2001

    Taos News, Tempo, 12/27/2001

    Rocky Mountain News, 6/30/2001

    The Taos News, Tempo, 7/10/1997

  • Selected Exhibitions

    Knock on Wood, Bellevue Art Museum biennial, Bellevue, WA [view]

    Reaching Beyond, Whatcom Art Museum, Bellingham, WA

    The Art of Fine Furniture, Winona County Historical Museum, Winona, MN

    Community Collects, Chrysler Art Museum, Norfolk, VA

    Rising Starts, Northwest Woodworkers Gallery, Seattle, WA

    30th Annual Contemporary Crafts, Mesa Arts Center, Mesa, AZ

    Cascadia Furniture Exhibition, Maltwood Museum, Victoria, BC, Canada

    7th North American Sculptural Wood Invitational, American Art Company, Tacoma, WA Square One Art Mine, Port Hadlock, WA

    Alchemy of the Abstract III, Northwinds Gallery, Port Townsend, WA

    Art of Craft, b.j.spoke gallery, Huntington, NY

    Sit and Reflect juried show, Snohomish Arts Council, Everett, WA

    Spring Faculty Invitational, Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, Gatlinburg, TN

    Small Boxes juried show, Wharton Escherick Museum, Paoli, PA

    Above and Beyond juried exhibit, Phoenix Airport

    Taos Invites Taos, Invitational Show, Taos, NM

  • Awards

    2015 – First Prize, Wharton Esherick Museum show “Vases”, Paoli, PA

    2015 NICHE Award winner for Salish Sea Bathtub [view]

    2014 – John and Joyce Price Award of Excellence, Bellevue Art Museum Biennial, Bellevue, WA [view]

    2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006- NICHE Awards Finalist

    2011, 2008, 2006 – Carol Duke Artist Award of Excellence, Bellevue Art Museum, WA

    2010 – First Prize, Wharton Esherick Museum show “Desk Accessories”, Paoli, PA [view]

    2010- NICHE Awards Winner in Furniture Category

    2007 – 1st Place National Design Portfolio Award for Residential Furniture, CWB Magazine [view]

    2003 – Award for Funtional Art, Sausalito Art Festival, Sausalito, CA

    2003 – Emerging Artist Award, Bellevue Art Museum Fair, Bellevue, WA

    1996, 98, 2000 – Recipient of the Sam and Alfreda Maloof Scholarship for study at Anderson Ranch Arts Center, Snowmass, CO

    2000 – Award for Excellence, Boulder Artfair, Boulder, CO

    1999 – First Place Award, Boulder Creek Festival, Boulder, CO

    1996 – Primary Award Winner Silverhawk National Fine Craft Competition [view]

  • Teaching

    Port Townsend School of Woodworking, Port Townsend, WA

    Anderson Ranch Arts Center, Snowmass, CO

    Marc Adams School of Woodworking, Franklin, IN:

    Center for Furniture Craftsmanship, Rockport, ME

    Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, Gatlinburg, TN:

    Highland Hardware, Atlanta, GA

    Minnesota Woodworkers Guild, Fall Seminar 2013, Minneapolis, MN

    Corvallis Woodworkers Guild, weekend seminar, Corvallis, OR

    Vancouver Island Woodworkers Guild, Victoria, BC, Canada

  • Education

    1986 – BA Williams College, Williamstown, MA: Degree in Philosophy and Environmental Studies

    1996, 98, 2000 – Furniture making workshops at Anderson Ranch Arts Center, Snowmass, CO

About Seth Rolland

I have been making custom furniture for 25 years, first in Taos, New Mexico and now in Port Townsend, WA.  Inspired by forms in nature, my functional furniture is sculptural, emphasizing structure, form and motion.   I enjoy pushing the limits of my materials and finding ways around them to make furniture that is clean lined, animated, intriguing and fun to live with.

My designs evolve through sketches, models and mockups to ensure that the curves and proportions are well balanced from all angles. Using beautiful woods chosen for color and grain, I cut, join, carve, assemble and finish each piece by hand to guarantee the highest quality craftsmanship at every stage.

I see my furniture designs as fitting into 3 groups. One group of designs includes organic, curved pieces inspired by the simplicity, beauty and motion of natural forms. I use a variety of methods to shape these curves including carving, steam bending, lamination and vacuum forming.

Another series explores the range of forms I can create from a single piece of wood cut part way through and expanded by steam bending, creating furniture with hardly any glue or joinery. The nature of the wood itself restricts the curves to ones that are both dramatic and extremely fluid.

The last series combines wood with natural stone using each material for what it does best, and letting the beauty of each enhance that of the other. In these pieces the wood is literally balanced by the weight of the stone. Often the design switches the usual qualities of the materials – the wood may look sharp and hard, while the organic shape of the stone makes it seem soft and friendly by comparison.

 

  • Gallery Representation

    Northwest Woodworkers Gallery, Seattle, WA

    San Francisco Museum of Modern Art Store, San Francisco, CA

    Museum of Art and Design, New York, NY

    Bellevue Art Museum Store, Bellevue, WA

    Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Museum Store, Santa Barbara, CA

    Milwaukee Art Museum Store, Milwaukee, WI

    Gardiner Museum of Art, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

    The Gallery, Bainbridge Arts and Crafts, Bainbridge Island, WA

    Earthenworks Gallery, Port Townsend, WA

  • Publications

    New York Times, Home Section, Currents Column February 2014

    Western Art and Architecture Magazine June 2013

    Fine Woodworking Magazine Back Cover August 2010 [view]

    Fine Woodworking on line slide show [view]

    500 Cabinets, Lark Books, 2010

    500 Judaica, Lark Books, 2010

    New York Times Home Section, Currents Column 2/5/2009,   [view]

    500 Tables, Lark Books, 2009

    Design Book 8, Taunton Press, 2009 [view]

    Muhibah, inflight magazine of Royal Brunei Airlines, feature, May 2009

    Jefferson County Leader, Feature Article, 10/29/2008

    500 Chairs, Lark Books, 2008

    Seattle Times, NW Weekend , 7/24/2008

    Interior Design Magazine, May 2008

    Woodworkers Journal ezine, Feature Article, May 2008, [view]

    Hometone.org, Feature Article, April 2008 [view]

    Pacific Northwest Home Magazine, Feature Article, Feb 2008

    Woodworker West Magazine, Feature Article, January 2008 [view]

    Fine Woodworking, January 2008

    Woodworker West Magazine, September 2007 and January 2007

    Interior Design Magazine, June 2007

    Custom Woodworking Business Magazine, December 2006 [view]

    Luxe Magazine, Fall Issue, 2005

    Wood News Online, 2005 [view]

    400 Wood Boxes, Lark Books, 2004

    The Workshop Book, Taunton Press, 2004

    Port Townsend Leader, Jefferson County Week, 10/22/2003

    Modern Masters show #612, Home and Garden TV, 12/20/2001

    Fine Woodworking magazine, October, 2001

    Object Lessons: Beauty and Meaning in Art Guild Publishing, 2001

    Taos News, Tempo, 12/27/2001

    Rocky Mountain News, 6/30/2001

    The Taos News, Tempo, 7/10/1997

  • Selected Exhibitions

    Knock on Wood, Bellevue Art Museum biennial, Bellevue, WA [view]

    Reaching Beyond, Whatcom Art Museum, Bellingham, WA

    The Art of Fine Furniture, Winona County Historical Museum, Winona, MN

    Community Collects, Chrysler Art Museum, Norfolk, VA

    Rising Starts, Northwest Woodworkers Gallery, Seattle, WA

    30th Annual Contemporary Crafts, Mesa Arts Center, Mesa, AZ

    Cascadia Furniture Exhibition, Maltwood Museum, Victoria, BC, Canada

    7th North American Sculptural Wood Invitational, American Art Company, Tacoma, WA Square One Art Mine, Port Hadlock, WA

    Alchemy of the Abstract III, Northwinds Gallery, Port Townsend, WA

    Art of Craft, b.j.spoke gallery, Huntington, NY

    Sit and Reflect juried show, Snohomish Arts Council, Everett, WA

    Spring Faculty Invitational, Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, Gatlinburg, TN

    Small Boxes juried show, Wharton Escherick Museum, Paoli, PA

    Above and Beyond juried exhibit, Phoenix Airport

    Taos Invites Taos, Invitational Show, Taos, NM

  • Awards

    2015 – First Prize, Wharton Esherick Museum show “Vases”, Paoli, PA

    2015 NICHE Award winner for Salish Sea Bathtub [view]

    2014 – John and Joyce Price Award of Excellence, Bellevue Art Museum Biennial, Bellevue, WA [view]

    2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006- NICHE Awards Finalist

    2011, 2008, 2006 – Carol Duke Artist Award of Excellence, Bellevue Art Museum, WA

    2010 – First Prize, Wharton Esherick Museum show “Desk Accessories”, Paoli, PA [view]

    2010- NICHE Awards Winner in Furniture Category

    2007 – 1st Place National Design Portfolio Award for Residential Furniture, CWB Magazine [view]

    2003 – Award for Funtional Art, Sausalito Art Festival, Sausalito, CA

    2003 – Emerging Artist Award, Bellevue Art Museum Fair, Bellevue, WA

    1996, 98, 2000 – Recipient of the Sam and Alfreda Maloof Scholarship for study at Anderson Ranch Arts Center, Snowmass, CO

    2000 – Award for Excellence, Boulder Artfair, Boulder, CO

    1999 – First Place Award, Boulder Creek Festival, Boulder, CO

    1996 – Primary Award Winner Silverhawk National Fine Craft Competition [view]

  • Teaching

    Port Townsend School of Woodworking, Port Townsend, WA

    Anderson Ranch Arts Center, Snowmass, CO

    Marc Adams School of Woodworking, Franklin, IN:

    Center for Furniture Craftsmanship, Rockport, ME

    Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, Gatlinburg, TN:

    Highland Hardware, Atlanta, GA

    Minnesota Woodworkers Guild, Fall Seminar 2013, Minneapolis, MN

    Corvallis Woodworkers Guild, weekend seminar, Corvallis, OR

    Vancouver Island Woodworkers Guild, Victoria, BC, Canada

  • Education

    1986 – BA Williams College, Williamstown, MA: Degree in Philosophy and Environmental Studies

    1996, 98, 2000 – Furniture making workshops at Anderson Ranch Arts Center, Snowmass, CO