Woodworker: Designer & craftsman of original handcrafted furniture
While crisscrossing the English and Scottish countryside in the fall of 2006, Kenton Jeske experienced a clarity to return home, marry Amy and learn to build furniture. That vision has remained his defining resolve.
In the fall of 2007, Kenton attended N.A.I.T. (Northern Alberta Institute of Technology) and was shown the foundations of furniture making and woodworking. The culmination of that year left him two options: pursue a journey through the trades in cabinetmaking or forge a unique and personal path in studio furniture.
Kenton set his sights on becoming a furniture maker of original designs with an aim to distinguish his work in a personal vernacular that would identify his craftsmanship. Experience, inspiration and mentorship have played key roles in his personal study, accumulation of knowledge and skill development. Through cultivating an atmosphere for creativity and personal expression within his practice, Kenton began to develop his process and designs.
In the fall of 2016 the Alberta Foundation for the Arts awarded him a Visual Arts and New Media grant towards his first exhibition of work at the Alberta Craft Council (Edmonton) titled: Ceremony: Exploring Craft through Furniture , showcased in the spring of 2017. Designing in a concentrated period of time for that exhibition accelerated a refinement in Kenton’s work that has brought forth a steady growth of his own brand of furniture for private clients, restaurants, worship furniture and most recently for luxury brand LOUIS VUITTON **. His work continues to develop and new avenues in the visual arts continue to expand his portfolio. Kenton Jeske works to commission at his home studio shop in Edmonton, Alberta, where he lives with Amy and their two girls, designing and making the work that he has generously been given.
For more information or to contact this artist for a commission, please contact [email protected].