Originally from southwestern Pennsylvania, Brian Ferrell is a creator of sculpturally functional furniture and hollowware. His work varies greatly in size from barware and shelving, to dining sets and lounge chairs. These pieces utilize materials such as carved wood, pewter, steel, and stainless steel cable. Regardless of scale, all of his pieces begin with a common object, and in various ways, slightly abstract these everyday items, giving them the dual purpose of sculpture and function.
Brian received his BFA in jewelry/metals in 2001 from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Immediately following, he attended the program in Artisanry at University of Massachusetts- Dartmouth where he graduated with his MFA also in jewelry/metals in 2004.
Setting up his studio in Haverhill, MA, Brian showed his work in various locations around New England. At the same time, he also worked as a Studio Assistant to Dan Dailey, the world-renowned glass artist at his facility in New Hampshire.
Brian currently lives and works in Jeannette, Pennsylvania, and shows his work regularly in group and solo exhibitions on local and national levels. He is one of the few artists to have a solo exhibition on the grounds of Fallingwater in Mill Run, PA.
In addition to teaching at Seton Hill University, he is also a workshop instructor at the Society for Contemporary Craft in Pittsburgh.
His artwork can be seen in publications such as American Craft Magazine, “500 Tables” from Lark Books, and is part of many private collections in locations such as Lock Haven University, New York, Chicago, and Germany.