Photoshoot featuring furniture maker Yuri Kobayashi

Meet Yuri —

Born and raised in Tokyo, Yuri Kobayashi trained in woodworking for six years in Takayama, Japan. Moving to the U.S. twenty years ago to pursue an M.F.A. at San Diego State University, where she studied with Wendy Murayama, Yuri then taught at the Rhode Island School of Design for more than a decade. During the last few years, Yuri has been a full-time Maine resident and creates her work at the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship in Rockport. Yuri is a sculptor and furniture maker who uses her woodworking skills to give voice to her sense of wonder and inner chaos.

More about Yuri and her work can be found in the article ‘The Depth of Simplicity’
And at

Instagram: @ykcurio
Commission and price inquiries at

In 2023, Yuri is scheduled to teach workshops at the following craft schools:
Penland School of Craft (March 5 – April 28)
Center for Furniture Craftsmanship (Date T.B.A.)
Anderson Ranch Arts Center (Date T.B.A.)
Peters Valley School of Craft (August 11 – 15)
Port Townsend School of Woodworking (November 13 – 17)

Her work will be included in the upcoming group exhibit ‘Turning it All Around’, at the Messler Gallery, Rockport, ME. (January 20 – April 19, 2023)

Yuri Kobayashi

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Content Creator: Michael D. Wilson
Driven almost entirely by curiosity Michael D Wilson wants nothing more than to connect with people and show what it is that makes them unique individuals. Michael is passionate about photography and is forever in search of people that are equally as passionate about their lives and work. He always says “The best part about photography is an excuse to meet new people and learn something from them.” After a half-decade of assisting photographer, Martin Schoeller, Michael and his partner settled in Maine. Maine and New England provide endless opportunities for interesting and inspiring assignments as well as potential personal projects.

2022 Funders:

The 2022 Maine Craft Content Project is generously funded by the Onion Foundation, Maine Arts Commission & many individual donors. With this funding the Maine Crafts Association provided eight Maine craft artists with new online content to support their practices, tell their stories and grow their businesses.

The Maine Crafts Association is a 501(c)(3) which builds upon Maine’s rich craft traditions by nurturing a vibrant, supportive, inclusive craft community with educational programs and resources.

Our ability to accomplish our mission and help artists thrive is reliant on individual contributions.