Sam Brockman



i’m an artist and designer
making it up as i go.


















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Smiley Bench

comissioned work





february 2022

hand carved pine, maple, ash finished with milk paint and linseed oil






Log to Table

a dinner set and furniture collection made by hand from local materials from the ground up using techniques in touch with the environment and materials themselves.





may 2021

black walnut, black locust, pin oak, white ash, hard maple, ordovician clay






Snake Chair

a commissioned piece made from a tree i fell and aluminum i melted




july 2021

white ash, sand cast aluminum





Rhesus Monkey

a project i lead the construction of while working for future retrieval. i was tasked with scaling up a sculpture previously cast in porcelain and carving it out of wood. created from a scan of a taxidermic archive from the smithsonian





2021 

hard maple, aluminum leaf

shown @ cincinnati art museum in future retrieval’s solo show “close parallels”





Steambent Lounge

a chair i designed and made for simone bodmer-turner. working off of reference images, i took her through the design process from sketching and modelmaking to ergonomic prototypes and a final production prototype. designed to go into production though, sadly, was never produced. 



december 2020 

steambent ash, cherry





Green Chair

colloquially known as green chairs,  windsors were (and still are) the everyman’s chair meant to be used at the dinner table, courthouse, and front porch. “green chair” is my everyday chair. a statement piece, but meant to be used and abused none the less. a green chair can be made using only single edge hand tools and a hand saw as with a windsor.



may 2020

hand carved
pine from brooklyn dumpsters, house paint, polyurethane





Aizome Stool

woven from three lengths of cotton rope hand-dyed with aizome in the hills of fujino, japan.  cotton rope is a tool used in shibori but is never used in final products despite developing the same beautiful, rich, blue that the intended textiles and kimonos do.




november 2019

cotton rope, fermented indigo

shown at the group show, Speed Flat @ AXIS Gallery,
Roppongi, Tokyo



This Ain’t No God-Fearin’ Chair

forged in the fiery depths of a capitalistic, christcentric hell where work is play and personal fulfillment is pay “this ain’t no god-fearin’ chair” represents opposition to selling out, bending over, and losing one’s self in today’s zero-sum game. the watts of work put into these chairs are vast and not particularly lucrative, but why should that be the drive to work?





august 2019 

forged and brazed stee, hand carved pine

shown @ work is play group show







Porcelain Stool

wheel thrown out of cream cheese-like domestic porcelain.  the culmination of many years of throwing and love of furnture lead me to this cutie.
ta-da ︎︎




april 2019

wheel thrown porcelain, unglazed

shown @ Jonald Dudd 2019







PADA Collection

growing from the typology of a shop orientation chair and chinese craftsmen, this collection is an evolution of interpretation and misinterpretation.




january 2018 - Cincinnati/Jingdezhen, China


construction lumber, fastners, mystery hardwood, jute twine, checked luggage tag





Camera Crane

october 2018 

plywood, cordage, fastners, casters 





Clock 001

under the guidance of the British Horological Journal this clock was designed and fabricated utilizing as many processes as possible offered by the innovation center at the university of cincinnati.





april 2019 

aluminum, steel, bronze, acrylic, delrin, hdpe, baltic birch plywood, reflective roadsign, nylon cordage, concrete rubble

Shown @ ICFF 2019






Chess Set

milled on a manual bridgeport the pieces range in weight from somewhat heavy to quite heavy. often found on the kitchen counter tenderizing chicken. 





august 2017 

mild steel





Thrown Bowl

i’ve thrown a lot of bowls but i like this one enough to make the homepage 


april 2019

overfired terracotta








Poster 

designed for simone bodmer-turner as promotional material


december 2020