Port Townsend School of Woodworking
Preserving the Tradition

Nick Stawinski


Nick Stawinski


Nicholas Stawinski- a native of Detroit- is an artist, furniture designer, and fourth-generation upholsterer. He makes sofas, chairs, and ottomans that take their shape from the post-industrial landscape of Detroit. His work draws on the material and processes of upholstery, which he has learned from working at his family’s 80-year old business.

He was a resident artist at Anderson Ranch Art Center in Snowmass Village, Colorado in the fall of 2010. His work was featured in the July 2012 issue of American Craft Magazine in an article titled “Industrial Strength.” He earned his BFA from The College for Creative Studies in Detroit, Michigan in 2010 and his MFA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2014.

He participated in the second annual Open Studio Residency at the Haystack Mountain School of Crafts in 2014. Nicholas was an Artist in Residence at Arrowmont School of Crafts in Gatlinburg, Tennessee in 2014-2015 and at the Appalachian Center for Crafts in Smithville, Tennessee from 2015-2016. He has taught courses and workshops at the College for Creative Studies, Appalachian Center for Crafts, Tennessee Tech University, and Arrowmont.

Currently, Nicholas is a lecturer and Fab Lab Woodshop Supervisor at the University of Tennessee Knoxville in the College of Architecture and Design. 




Website: NickolasStawinski
Location: Knoxville, TN