“I love useful, everyday objects, and enjoy transforming them into distinctive pieces with high design.”
Brian Ferrell channels his deep experience in multiple craft forms to create a wide range of home goods and furniture, including tableware, lighting, seating, and tables. Working skillfully in wood, metal, and clay, he offers a fresh take on the mid-century modern design aesthetic. After receiving a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth in 2004, Brian began his design career as a metalsmith for the glass artist, Dan Dailey. He returned to the Pittsburgh area in 2006. Brian is also an Associate Professor of Art at Seton Hill University in Greensburg, PA, where he creates his work and shares his knowledge with students.
Brian’s background is jewelry, metalsmithing, and hollowware. An experimenter at heart, he draws inspiration from architecture, particularly bridge design. He plays with user expectations by incorporating atypical and highly detailed components. Brian regularly makes objects in sets, including pitchers, cups, and vases. He develops additional elements, like wood trays and small furniture, to display and visually support his smaller functional objects. After developing a new design, Brian often makes reusable molds to create replications in other materials.
Working on small to large scale design, Brian continues to push the boundaries of traditional materials and craftsmanship. His work straddles the line between art objects and everyday wares. Through Monmade, Brian is focusing on a limited range of designs for production while continuing to make his signature one-of-a-kind objects.