Furniture designer to open local workshop

July 21, 2017

Talented designer Kate Small is ready to share her fine furniture making skills with Berrigan and beyond.

The talented 25 year-old is opening her own workshop — Kate Small Design — about 10km from Berrigan, where she will showcase and craft her own pieces.

Miss Small said it was an exciting time in her career and that she was looking forward to seeing where the venture takes her.

‘‘All of my machines are in there (at the workshop), so I’ve almost finished setting up.

‘‘I’ve started to work on a few smaller items, as well as a bit of commissioned work for bigger pieces, like dining, hall and side tables.

‘‘I’m also hoping to sell my smaller designs, like chopping boards and cheese boards, in local shops.’’

Currently based in Deniliquin, Miss Small said she plans to make the final move to Berrigan — where her partner Jack Pyle lives — in the next few weeks.

‘‘For now, I’m focusing on getting my name out there,’’ she said.

‘‘I’m starting my Instagram and website very soon so I’ll be doing a lot of promoting.’’

It’s been an exciting year for Miss Small, whose work was also selected to appear in the Craft ACT Emerging Contemporaries Exhibition held from May 25 to July 8.

The Canberra-based exhibition featured the work of recent graduates, bringing them into the public eye and helping with the transition into professional practice.

Miss Small’s American oak hall table and European beech vases were one of the many featured designs.

‘‘The opening night was fun, and it was great to meet designers and find new inspiration,’’ Miss Small said.

Miss Small kicked off her career in December last year after she completed a Certificate IV in fine furniture making at Sturt School for Wood in Mittagong, about an hour from Sydney.

‘‘I studied architecture and graphic design, but I wanted to do something more hands-on so I looked into furniture making,’’ she said.

‘‘I also wanted to stay home in the country instead of moving back to Melbourne, which is why I opened the workshop.’’

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