Jonathan Otter

Posted on Sep 9, 2012

Jonathan Otter

As a self-taught furniture maker, I handcraft objects from solid hardwood that are designed to be both useful and beautiful. Offering my work for sale in 2004 after a long self-imposed apprenticeship, I began filling private ncommissions, which have found appreciative customers all over the globe.

In 2004 I was awarded juried status by the NSDCC. In 2008, I opened a studio and gallery in Earltown, Colchester County, where guests now experience my work firsthand. In August 2011 I mounted a solo show of new designs through the Northumberland Arts Council at the Fraser Gallery in Tatamagouche, NS. Also in 2011, I received representation in Toronto through the McCallum Gallery where my J-Class Lounge Chair and Footstool are on display.

My interest increasingly leans toward new ideas for historical furniture designs. I often struggle deeply for the courage to experiment with these existing forms; the ideas percolating for years in my mind and finding dozens of iterations on paper before I create them in three dimensions. This process, coupled with a thorough knowledge of the medium, elevates craft to art.