Penwork decoration has been used since the 18th century on furniture, frames, and boxes, often to create the illusion of inlaid ivory. Students will create their design on a Bentwood Shaker Tray created for this workshop by Eric Pintar.
A selection of designs are provided giving each student the ability to customize the design creating a unique finished piece. Students will learn how to create and adapt a design, transfer it to the box, prep the surface, use drawing tools, and finishing.
Mary Emery Lacoursiere graduated from Pratt Institute with an M.F.A. in printmaking and painting. She had a studio in New York City for fifteen years, specializing in hand-painted sisal rugs, murals, and restoring historical painting. A member of the Historical Society of Early American Decoration since 1978, Mary has been a contributing artist for Lifetime Television and Hearst Entertainment and currently owns and operates Emery Design here on Nantucket. She is also the director of Education at the Nantucket Historical Association.