Greg Mazur is a Furniture Builder and Woodworker based in Philadelphia, PA. He has studied Fine Woodworking at Bucks County Community College in Newtown, PA and the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship in Rockport, ME. When he isn’t in the shop he likes to skateboard and collect Crass and Metallica records.
As a woodworker I am interested in the reward of wood as a material for consumer purposes – furniture, bowls, and crafts. Simultaneously, I am inspired by the use of traditional furniture building techniques to create curious objects of artwork. It is this juxtaposition that allows me to create a diverse body of functional artwork. My work is primarily influenced by the contemporary craft movement while also blending simple, clean lines and shapes of modern furniture.
The audience considers not only how my work can fit into their home but also how they would interact with it on a conscious and subconscious level. Traditional seating such as the Three Points and Penny stools do not require the user to think about how they would sit on the piece, the everyday action of sitting is inherent in the use of these stools. Alternatively, with pieces such as As I Sit and Wobble and Weak in The Knees, the user must first consider how or even if they can sit on it before physically interacting. This brings the functionality of these pieces to the forefront of the audiences mind.