We sat down with artist Steve Uren, who creates everything from table and dressers to cutting boards, to clocks on the walls, to entire bedroom sets, all with lots of inlaid wood design created from Michigan wood. In this conversation, we learn about the process of inlay in woodworking and where Steve finds his inspiration and the role design plays in his decisions.
“Function is secondary in everything I make,” says Steve. He calls his shelves “sculptural shelves,” and his shelves and other works are all one of a kind.
In the episode we ask him what he loves making as well as how he sells his work. Steve has his work in art shows from coast to coast, and 19+ galleries around the country representing him.
Steve says he’s doing exactly what he always wanted to do—working as a full time artist for 15 years now. But in the beginning, he says, he just didn’t know the outlets to doing that, and explains the importance of mentors to help artists navigate the process of joining art shows and selling their work.
He now drives all over the country to competitive juried art shows, and will be at the Art Fair on the Square in Madison, Wisconsin this July 13 and 14. You can find a full list of the art shows he’s participating in and galleries he’s represented on his website.
Keep up with Steve’s work by stopping by Light Gallery + Studio to see what’s in stock, and see more work as well as what art fairs he’s traveling to by following his Instagram account at @studio_of_steve_uren .
All images courtesy of Steve Uren and Light Gallery + Studio.