Tennessee woodturner Kimberly Winkle hand draws dots, lines and other patterns on her quirky-cool painted furniture and wood objects.
The artist: An Oklahoma native, Winkle earned degrees from University of Oklahoma (ceramics) and San Diego State University (SDSU) in furniture design.
She has also completed woodworking workshops at: Penland School of Arts and Crafts, Haystack Mountain School of Crafts and the Anderson Ranch Art Center.
The company: In 2005, she started Kimberly Winkle Designs in Cookeville, TN.
In the beginning: She got started in woodworking after taking an elective course in graduate school at SDSU with furniture power-house, Wendy Maruyama.
The goods & materials: One–of-a-kind and limited-edition furniture and furnishings, primarily, using hardwood, paint and graphite. Also dabbles in wooden wearable jewelry. They all display a strong focus on form, color and pattern.
What’s popular: “Tit for Tat” tables ($1,200 each) and round oculus mirrors ($595 each). These items are available for purchase from the Artful Home.
Other favorites: Candlesticks ($295 pair).
Inspiration: Textile designs, wallpaper, line drawings and color combinations,
Big break: Her Tit for Tat tables, which were popular when she first made them. Sales from the tables helped her pay off her student loan debt.
Claim to fame: Being a demonstrator at national and international woodturning symposia. She also has been on HGTV and in a promotional video for Powermatic.
- 2014 John D. Mineck Furniture Fellowship recipient through the Society of Arts and Crafts in Boston.
- Two-time USA Artist Fellowship nominee
- State of Tennessee Individual Artist Fellowship recipient
What’s next: Teaching workshops during the summer of 2021 at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts (Gatlinburg, TN) and Port Townsend School of Woodworking (Washington).
Get social at: kimberly_winkle on Instagram