Bonnie BishoffEducation

Oberlin College, Oberlin OH.1981-1985 

J.M. Syron Education

Westchester Community College, Westchester County, NY, 1977-1982

Apprenticeship musical instrument maker, Steven Silverstein, NY, NY, 1977-1982

Apprentice Furniture Maker, Charles Thompson, Charleston, SC, 1982 – 1985


Collaborative Professional Experience  

Furniture Society; Founding members, Steering Committee, Board of Trustees, 1996-2003,

Resource Directory committee chair, volunteer coordinator, Advisory Board 2003-04

Massachusetts Craft Organization, steering committee 1998-2000

The Society of Arts and Crafts, resource council, education committee 1999-2012

Fine Furnishings Providence Show, Advisory Board 2001-2005

Fuller Museum, Artist Advisory Board, 2005

American Craft Council Shows,   Juror 1995, 2008

Fine Furnishings Providence, Juror, 2002

Craft Boston, Juror, 2006


Teaching Experience and Presentations (Bonnie Bishoff)

Ravensdale Conference, Evergreen St. College, “Large sculptural Forms in Polymer Clay”, Illuminated Vessels”, 98“Large Clay Tiles”, Lace Cane Patterns, 00

Furniture Society Annual Conference 99, 02, Seminar, “Use of Polymer Clay in Furniture”, “Making a Living as a Furniture Maker, 99, Women in Furniture, 02

Society of Arts and Crafts, Artist Symposium, 2001

CraftBoston, Artist Presentation, “Polymer Clay in Furniture”, 2002

Providence Fine Furnishings Show, “Successful Collaborations Between Artist and Clients”, 2002

Amer.Craft Council Baltimore Show, “The Emergence of Design and its Affect on the Craft World”04 

CraftBoston, Walking Tour, Studio Furniture 2004, 2005, Artist’s Presentation 06,  

James Renwick Alliance, Distinguished Artist’s Series, Workshop on Polymer Clay techniques, 2005

Fuller Craft Museum, Artist Presentation, 2005

Renwick Gallery – Artist’s Presentation, 2005

CraftBoston, “Collector, Architect-Designer, Artist, A Major Collaboration” panel discussion March 07

“Meet the Artist”, lecture –demonstration, Museum of Art and Design, NY,NY July 07    

Washington Craft Show, “Strange Friends: Polymer Clay and Furniture”  Nov 2007

SOFA Chicago, Artist presentation “Expressive Veneers: Painting with Clay”, Nov 2008

Fuller Craft Museum, “Sculpting Color: Works in Polymer Clay”, Panel discussion August 2009

Fuller Craft Museum, “Marquetry with Polymer Clay”, workshop, Feb 2010

Lexington Arts and Crafts Society, artist presentation, International Bead Designers, 2010, 2015

Saddleback Mountain, Summer Artist workshop Series, “The Marriage of Surface and Form”, July 2012

Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, Deer Isle Maine, Open Door Workshop,  Polymer Clay Marquetry, Oct 2013

EuroSynergy, Malta,“Polymer Clay without Limitations” “ Polymer Clay on a Large Scale”, April 2014

SnowFarm, "Polymer Marquetry: Delicious Details , Simple Construction," October 2016.

Creative Journeys Studio, Milton GA, “Capturing Wire with Polymer Clay,”March 2019

New England Polymer Artist Guild, Franklin, MA, May 2018, Sept 2019

Studio Mojo, Columbus OH, Polymer and Wire Armatures, Sept 2019


Gallery Representation    

 Artful Home

Maine Craft Portland, Portland ME          

Markings Gallery, Bath Maine               

The Society of Arts and Crafts, Boston, MA       


Juried Shows

American Craft Council Shows,Columbus 92, 96, 97 Baltimore, winter 94-08,2014, 201-,2019

Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show, Phila., PA 1995, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2008-2011, 2018-2019

Craftboston Spring, Boston, MA, 2002-2019, Craftboston Holiday 2010-2019

Smithsonian Craft Show, Washington D.C. 2004, 2006, 2009,2010,2011,2014,2018

Maine Crafts Guild, MDI Directions Show 2016-2019

Maine Crafts Guild Brunswick Show, 2017, 2019

Portland Fine Craft Show, August 2019

Paradise City North Hampton, MA 2011, 2012, Marlborough Craft Show 2019

Chicago 98, Minneapolis 92, Baltimore Summer, 99-00

International Contemporary Furniture Fair, NY, NY 1992

Philadelphia Furniture Show, Philadelphia, PA 1995-2004

Fine Furnishings Providence, RI, 97-05,09

Crafts at the Castle, Boston, MA 2001-2002, 2005

Westchester Craft Show, Westchester, NY, 2003 Washington Craft Show, Washington D.C. 03, 04, 07, 2015

SOFA Chicago, represented by Function + Art, 2004-2008 

Palm Beach Fine Craft Show, West Palm Beach FL, 2008

Paradise City North Hampton, MA 2011, 2012, Marlborough Craft Show 2019


 Exhibitions and Awards

“Please Be Seated”, Henry Morrison Flager Museum, Palm Beach, FL, 1995

“The Chair Show” Southern Highland Craft Guild. Asheville, NC 1995

“Furniture, Details in Color”, The Society of Arts and Crafts, Boston, MA, 1995

Niche Awards, Winner; Wood; One of a Kind, 1996

“Pull up a chair” annual show, Meredith Gallery, Baltimore, MD 96-99

“Collaborative Forms”, Individual Show, Meredith Gallery, Baltimore, MD 1996

Fine Furnishings Providence, 1st prize: Best Company Presentation, 1997

Annual Lighting Show, Del Mano Gallery, Pasadena, CA, 1998-1999

Featured Artist, The Society of Arts and Crafts, Boston, Nov 98, June 00, July 02

“Overview in Polymer Clay” The Target Gallery, Alexandria, VA, 1998

“Moving Forward”, Nat. Polymer Clay Guild, Strathmore Hall Arts Center, Bethesda, MD, 1998

Artist of the Month, Creations Gallery, Delaware, October, 1999

“Polymer Clay” Society of Arts Crafts, Boston, MA Nov-Dec 1999

“Contemporary Studio Cabinetry: The Inside Story” ELVM Museum of Art, U of WI, Madison, WI 2002

“For your Collection” Attleboro Museum, Attleboro, MA 2003 

“Furniture: Future Tense” DeCordova Museum, Lincoln, MA April 2003

Wilsonart Invitational Furniture Exhibition, Lord and Taylor, Philadelphia, PA May-June 2003

“Contemporary New England Art Furniture” Lynman Allyn Art Museum, Feb-May 2004

“The Perfect Collection”, Fuller Museum, March-May 2004

Priority in Seating Award, Philadelphia Furniture Show, 2004

Best of Media, 2004,2009, Artist Choice Award, 2004’Craftboston

Furniture Invitational Clark –Naga Gallery, June 2004

“Cut it Out”, Fuller Craft Museum, Oct-Nov 2004

 “Inspired by China”, Peabody Essex Museum, Museum of Art and Design, NYC, Mu of Art, Ft Lauderdale, Oct 07-Jan 08

“The Artful Home Show”, NYC, Nov, 2007 

“ In the Palm of Your Hand” Messeler Gallery, Center for Furniture Craftsmanship Rockport,ME, Dec 08

“Progress & Possibilities, Polymer Clay International Juried Exhibition, 1st -2nd place for Functional Objects, 08 

“Sculpting Color: Works in Polymer Clay”, Fuller Craft Museum, Brockton, MA, Aug. –Oct.  09

“Boxes and Their Makers”Messler Gallery,Center for Furniture Craftsmanship, Rckpt ,ME Sept -Nov 09

“ For North Bennet Street”, Gallery NAGA, Boston, MA, Feb 2010

“Terra Nova: Polymer Clay at the Crossroads”, Racine Museum of Art, Racine WI, 10/2011- 3/ 2012

“The Teapot, Redefined”, Mobilia, Cambridge MA, October 2012

“ Your Personal Hang-Ups”,The Center For Art in Wood, Nov 2012-Feb 2013

 “Cape Ann Artisans 30th Anniversary Exhibition”, Cape Ann Museum , March 2013-May 2012

“Made in Massachusetts: Studio Furniture of the Bay State”, Fuller Craft Museum Oct 2014- Feb 2014

Japanese Polymer Clay Association, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 2017

Decade Artists, CraftBoston 2017-2019

“Nuptials,: Adornment for a New Age”, Maine Craft Association, Portland Maine, May 2017



American Woodworker April 1995         

American Craft April/May 1995                 

Home Furniture, Fall ‘95 cover, April ’97   

House Beautiful, November 1997                                                       

Fine Woodworking, Feb ’07, back cover

Road Island Monthly, November 1997              

American Style Magazine, summer 1999       

Woodworkers Journal, August 2002, The Guild    

 Boston Globe, 5/15/02“Scratching the Surface” 2002, Michael Hosaluk    

Fine Woodworking, 2/2003                 

“Studio Furniture, The Heart of the Functional Arts”99, Kelsey & Mastelli

“Studio Furniture Tradition in Contemporary Furniture” 2001, Kelsey and Mastelli

Niche Magazine,Spring,96, Winter98,Autumn99,Summer 02

“400 Polymer Clay Designs” 2004, Lark Books

“Discovering Drawing” 2007, Ted Rose, Sally Mahan Cox

 “Inspired by China” 2006, Nancy Berliner, Edward Cooke    

“500 Chairs”, 2008 Lark Books

“ 500 Tables” 2009 Lark Books

“Boxes and Their Makers”, Fox Chapel Publishing, 2009    

“Progress and Possibilities”, IPCA, 2009    

“ Chairs” Lark Studio Series, 2010, Lark Crafts

“ 500 Cabinets: A showcase of Design and Craftsmanship”, 2010, Lark Crafts

“ Master, Polymer Clay: Major works by Leading Artists”, 2011, Lark Crafts

“ How Polymer Hit the Big Time” American Craft Magazine, Oct/Nov 2011

“ Terra Nova: Polymer Art at the Crossroads” Racine Art Museum