sustainable . custom . handmade

Heather Dawson

100 Franklin Street              413-335-5757
Allston, MA 02134 heather@welkinwood.com

Professional Experience

2012-Present Founder, welkinwood, Allston, MA
2017-Present Carpenter, Gilman Guidelli & Bellow Custom Builders, Newton, MA
2015-Present Faculty, Eliot School of Fine & Applied Arts, Jamaica Plain, MA
2014-Present   Woodshop Monitor, Massachusetts College of Art & Design, Boston, MA
2017 Wood Studio Assistant, Spring Concentration, Penland School of Crafts, Penland, NC
2015-17 Lead Journeyman Cabinetmaker, Doriss Design Workshoppe, South Boston, MA
2017 Journeyman Cabinetmaker, Loki Custom Furniture, Boston, MA
2015 Faculty, Cambridge Center for Adult Education, Cambridge, MA
2013-15 Journeyman Furniture Maker, Fort Point Cabinetmakers, South Boston, MA
2015 Artistic Leader, Handshouse Studio, Pletka Przedborz Ceiling Project Workshop, Norwell, MA
2014 Studio Assistant to Mitch Ryerson, Ryerson Designs, Allston, MA
2013-14 Studio Assistant to Matt Wajda, River City Furnituremaking, Rollinsford, NH
2013 Apprentice to Gary Barcus, GB Woodworking, Norwood, MA
2010-11    Apprentice to Brian Mulcahy, Mulcahy Woodworking, Easthampton, MA

Teaching Experience

2015-Present Private woodworking tutor
2017 Demonstrator and Wood Studio Assistant, Spring Concentration, Penland School of Crafts, Penland, NC
2017 Instructor, Eliot School of Fine & Applied Arts, Jamaica Plain, MA (Basic Woodworking: Box Making, Summer 2017)
2017 Instructor, Eliot School of Fine & Applied Arts, Jamaica Plain, MA (Wood Turning - Weed Pots, Summer 2017)
2017 Instructor, Eliot School of Fine & Applied Arts, Jamaica Plain, MA (Basic Woodworking: Box Making, Spring 2017)
2017 Instructor, Eliot School of Fine & Applied Arts, Jamaica Plain, MA (Wood Turning - Weed Pots, Spring 2017)
2017 Instructor, Eliot School of Fine & Applied Arts, Jamaica Plain, MA (Basic Woodworking: Box Making, Winter 2017)
2016 Instructor, Eliot School of Fine & Applied Arts, Jamaica Plain, MA (Wood Turning - Weed Pots, Winter 2016)
2016 Instructor, Eliot School of Fine & Applied Arts, Jamaica Plain, MA (Wood Turning - Weed Pots, Fall 2016)
2016 Instructor, Eliot School of Fine & Applied Arts, Jamaica Plain, MA (Basic Woodworking: Box Making, Fall 2016)
2016 Instructor, Eliot School of Fine & Applied Arts, Jamaica Plain, MA (Wood Turning - Rolling Pins, Summer 2016)
2016 Instructor, Eliot School of Fine & Applied Arts, Jamaica Plain, MA (Basic Woodworking: Box Making, Spring 2016)
2016 Instructor, Eliot School of Fine & Applied Arts, Jamaica Plain, MA (Basic Woodworking: Box Making, Winter 2016)
2015 Instructor, Eliot School of Fine & Applied Arts, Jamaica Plain, MA (Wood Turning - Weed Pots, Fall 2015)
2015 Instructor, Cambridge Center for Adult Education, Cambridge, MA (Woodworking - Shaker Table, Fall 2015)
2015 Instructor, Cambridge Center for Adult Education, Cambridge, MA (Woodworking Boot Camp, Fall 2015)
2015 Instructor, Eliot School of Fine & Applied Arts, Jamaica Plain, MA (Basic Woodworking: Box Making, Summer 2015)
2015 Instructor, Eliot School of Fine & Applied Arts, Jamaica Plain, MA (Wood Turning - Rolling Pins, Summer 2015)
2015 Instructor, Cambridge Center for Adult Education, Cambridge, MA (Woodworking, Spring/Summer 2015)
2015 Teaching Assistant, Massachusetts College of Art & Design, Boston, MA (Projects in Wood, Spring 2015)
2015 Instructor, Eliot School of Fine & Applied Arts, Jamaica Plain, MA (Basic Woodworking: Box Making, Spring 2015)
2015 Teaching Assistant, North Bennet Street School, Boston, MA (Advanced Techniques in Furniture Design, Winter 2015)
2015 Teaching Assistant, North Bennet Street School, Boston, MA (Frame and Panel Chest, Winter 2015)
2014           Teaching Assistant, Massachusetts College of Art & Design, Boston, MA  (Projects in Wood, Fall 2014)
2014 Teaching Assistant, North Bennet Street School, Boston, MA  (Fundamentals of Machine Woodworking, Spring 2014) 
2013 Teaching Assistant, North Bennet Street School, Boston, MA  (Cabinetmaking, Fall 2013)
2013 Teaching Assistant, Massachusetts College of Art & Design, Boston, MA  (Joinery, Spring 2013)

Education

2014 Certificate in Furniture Design, Massachusetts College of Art & Design and North Bennet Street School, Boston, MA
2010-14 Craft Entrepreneurship concentration, Bunker Hill Community College, Boston, MA
2012 Danish Modern Side Table Workshop, North Bennet Street School, Boston, MA
2012 Advanced Techniques for Furniture Making, North Bennet Street School, Boston, MA
2012 Routers Workshop, North Bennet Street School, Boston, MA
2011 Fundamentals of Fine Woodworking Workshop, North Bennet Street School, Boston, MA
2011 Fundamentals of Machine Woodworking Workshop, North Bennet Street School, Boston, MA
2011 Private lessons with Brian Mulcahy, New England School of Architectural Woodworking, Easthampton, MA
2011 Level One Woodworking Workshop, New England School of Architectural Woodworking, Easthampton, MA
2004-05 University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA (foundation courses)

Presentations

2016 Demonstrator, wood turning, Jamaica Plain Open Studios, Eliot School, Jamaica Plain, MA
2016 Panel member, "Woodworking Women" discussion panel, presented by The Eliot School, Jamaica Plain, MA
2015 Demonstrator, wood turning, Jamaica Plain Open Studios, Eliot School, Jamaica Plain, MA
2015 Demonstrator, wood turning, Moffatt Ladd House and Garden Festival, Portsmouth, NH
2015 Panel member, "Furniture Design" discussion panel, Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Boston MA

Trade Shows & Events

2016 CraftBoston Holiday, Hynes Convention Center, Boston, MA
2016 Jamaica Plain Open Studios, Eliot School, Jamaica Plain, MA
2015 CraftBoston Holiday, Hynes Convention Center, Boston, MA
2015 Jamaica Plain Open Studios, Eliot School, Jamaica Plain, MA 

Gallery Exhibitions

2016 Made in Allston: The Sculptor's Workshop, Crossings Gallery at Harvard Ed Portal and Gallery 224 at Harvard Ceramics, Allston, MA
2016 Radius, Society of Arts + Crafts, Boston, MA
2016 The Flower Show, Attleboro Arts Museum, Attleboro, MA
2015 Women and Wood, Gallery 263, Cambridge, MA (exhibitor and co-curator with Liz Welch and Ellen Kaspern)
2014 We Made It, Furniture Design Certificate Capstone Exhibit, Windgate Gallery, North Bennet Street School, Boston, MA  (exhibitor and co-curator with Liz Welch and Sue Muller)
2013 Working Wood: Furniture Making at MassArt, President’s Gallery, Massachusetts College of Art & Design, Boston, MA

Awards

2017 Opportunity Fund Recipient, Boston Cultural Council, Boston, MA
2016 Artists' Choice Award, CraftBoston Holiday, Boston, MA
2015-16 Juried Mentorship Program Recipient, Society of Arts and Crafts, Boston, MA
2012                Educational Grant, The Furniture Society, Asheville, NC

Professional Service

2013              Exhibition Volunteer, Furniture Masterworks 2013: A Celebration, New Hampshire Furniture Masters' Annual Gala, New Castle, NH

Reviews and Publications

      "Continuing Education as a Path to Success," North Bennet Street School's Benchmarks Newsletter, Fall 2014. http://www.nbss.edu/dawson
 
      Puloma Ghosh, “’We Made It!’ – MassArt’s First Furniture Design Graduates at the North Bennet Street School,” Artscope Zine, June 18, 2014. http://zine.artscopemagazine.com/2014/06/we-made-it/ 

Professional, Personal, and Educational References

     Available upon request.