currently, recently and soon
19 of Laura's students have brought their work to the Dogpatch Cafe and Gallery in San Francisco. The show is called 'Handmade/Mindmade' and features 33 pieces. The show runs May 17-25th, 9-6 daily.




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OK, we give in. We got a Facebook page. So now the idea is to get people to 'like' us, or even like us, isn't that it? so please do!

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College of the Redwoods Fine Woodworking Show

Laura's students present their work from their first semesters at the Town Hall in Fort Bragg in February.



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Laura will be teaching a class on designing chairs, next summer, June 10-14, in Fort Bragg. It's one of the summer classes at College of the Redwoods.

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We have 'placed some product', aka have some pieces at, a new applied arts gallery in San Francisco - The New Black. It's in the Mission district, on the corner of 18th and Bryant. A great ex-industrial space - it used to be the place where the street signs for the city were painted. At the moment 'Wholeness', 'Personhood', the three cabinets, 'Skew', 'Scraps' and 'Zaftig', and five lamps are there.

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Linda Rosengarten of Hock Tools interviewed Laura for their blog. It's in two parts - Part One and Part Two. We were impressed with the thought and care Linda put into preparing her questions, and then editing Laura's answers into coherence!

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Laura gave a talk at The Furniture Society conference in Maine in June entitled The Fine Art of Keeping Going: continuing the educational model of James Krenov. The talk reviewed the challenges facing the College of the Redwoods Fine Woodworking Program, and discussed the issues surrounding the legacy of James Krenov.

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A Handful of Yaffe Mays!

We were thrilled to be interviewed by the website Handful of Salt recently. The site concentrates on 'the craft of modern design': its fundamental premise is that craft and design are intrinsically linked, not in opposition to each other, a proposition we wholeheartedly endorse!

Well worth subscribing to their newsletter.

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Dubh moves to Dublin

The Dubh/dialogues in black exhibition relocated from New York to the Oliver Sears Gallery in Dublin until March 15th, 2012.

The exhibition was reviewed on the RTE Arts radio programme Arena. Dubh is reviewed at about the 24.30 minute mark.

The reviewer Declan Long unfortunately called us Yiff May, but had nice things to say otherwise: ‘…a large chair by Yiff May [sic] who are wonderful furniture-makers have made a chair that isn’t necessarily black but has black associations… it’s a chair that also sort of a coffin…’

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Yaffe Mays feature as 'Today's Woodworker' in the Woodworker's Journal ezine!
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Farrell and Flegg's Crafty Capers, a radio programme on RTE's Lyric FM, features Yaffe Mays as 'a duo who create and destroy furniture to give it meaning' (!).

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Moving!
Yaffe Mays relocated to northern California in August 2011, where Laura is teaching at College of the Redwoods Fine Woodworking programme. Laura and Rebecca know it well, having both been students there from 2001 to 2003.

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Personhood was exhibited in Dubh - dialogues in black. The American Irish Historical Society, 991 Fifth Avenue, New York. October 6th - November 13th, 2010.

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Yaffe Mays had work in two exhibitions in the 2011 Galway Arts Festival, Material Poetry and Modern Languages. Material Poetry is mentioned in the Irish Times review of the festival by the art critic Aidan Dunne, and our work, with that of Joseph Walsh, highlighted for its 'poetic complexity, but without fussiness'. See Material Poetry exhibition photos.

Modern Languages is at the National Craft Gallery in Kilkenny from 21st October - 12th January 2012. The exhibition was discussed on RTE's Arts Tonight programme on November 7th.

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A piece of ours, 12 doors 3 doors, a cabinet on a stand, purchased by the National Museum of Ireland for their permanent collection in 2006, is part of an exhibition '21st Century Irish Craft' at the National Museum at Collins Barracks Dublin. The exhibition is scheduled to run until the end of the year. The cabinet also features in The Irish Stamp Year Book 2011, published by An Post.

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A nice, tiny, shout-out in this interesting article by Fintan O'Toole on craft in the Irish Times, 11 June.

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In March we made two cabinets for the artist (and our neighbour) Dorothy Cross for her exhibition Stalactite in the Frith Street Gallery in London, 24 March - 5 May 2011.



The larger cabinet displays Finger-tip Pearl and the smaller Tooth Pearl. The art works are the results of a project to create pearls in Tahitian Black-Lipped Oysters from the fingertips of a human hand and one of the artist's baby teeth respectively. Both cabinets are in Irish sycamore with a shellac finish.

We also made a small display case for another piece by Dorothy Cross, but not for the Frith Street exhibition. The piece is a silvered crab that has a cast of a human finger instead of one claw. The box is also in Irish sycamore, with triple mitre jointed corners, the traditional showcase joint.


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The chair, Sligo 3, and the cabinets Zaftig, Skew and Scraps were in Portfolio 2011 at Farmleigh Gallery in Dublin, 29 May - 8 July.

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Sligo 1 went to Collect 2011 6-9 May, 2011 in London.

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MATERIALpoetry American Irish Historical Society, 991 Fifth Avenue, New York
7th October-18th November, 2010
Galway Arts Festival 2011

Rebecca, while visiting the exhibition, met Vladimir Kagan and his wife, and subsequently featured in his blog entry on MATERIALpoetry.

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Our sycamore blanket chest features in Blanket Chests, Scott Gibson and Peter Turner, Taunton Press, April 2011.

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