Friday, March 25, 2011

Tulsa Art Studio Tour Artist: Mark Hawley

Mark Hawley, Shatter Glass Table, Wood and Glass
Mark Hawley- Wood, Glass, Laminates & Metal 

A master woodworker who builds his own prototypes and custom furniture pieces, Hawley received a degree in product design from the University of Oklahoma. He works with a production team in his design studio on furniture commissions for clients nationwide and in multiple furniture collections. His work has been featured in numerous national publications, including the New York Times and Interior Design, and his Cat Chair was the featured cover of the Neiman Marcus Christmas Catalog.
Mark Hawley in his studio
Most Important:
Hawley wrestles with the conflict between furniture as function and furniture as art. He said, “If it is functional it is often not as radical as I would like.”  Constantly exploring new forms, processes and materials, Hawley enjoys the challenges.  
Mark Hawley, private living room table
Ask about:
Working with a U.S. army base in Japan, corn husk laminates, and glow-in-the-dark table tops

Where to find his work:
Trula Restaurant, Mayo Hotel, Gilcrease Museum restaurant,, and his Hawley Design showroom, located at 702 S. Utica Ave.

Meet 9 artists and see their working spaces and during the Tulsa Art Studio Tour April 9 and 10. See this Art Focus Oklahoma article for more information or for tickets. 

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