Joseph Sheehan

’17 Furniture Design

I am an artist who creates compelling pieces that resonate with both seasoned craftspeople and the general audience. While I explore various materials, I find myself continually drawn to the expressive qualities of wood. Its diverse array of species and technical possibilities, along with its inherent challenges, captivate me. My creative journey often commences with a simple sketch or idea, which I refine into a cohesive design through iterative processes involving small-scale models and further sketching.

In my recent body of work, I have embraced the art of bent laminations, a technique that unlocks new narratives within my creations. An integral part of my artistic process involves extensive research and experimentation with both unconventional and time-honored techniques. By blending contemporary and traditional practices, I strive to push the boundaries of design and construction, forging a path toward my distinctive aesthetic and vision.

Joe Sheehan is a woodworker, designer, and craftsman in the greater Boston area.  Joe completed MassArt’s Furniture Design Certificate program in 2017 while apprenticing with an architectural millwright. He has shown Furniture in galleries and shows across Boston. He has also worked on Architectural woodworking projects in Boston’s many historic neighborhoods for nearly a Decade. Joe is also a Faculty member in the MassArt woodshop and the MassArt Architecture department.