John Pierson

John Pierson

John Pierson

  • B.A., applied arts, San Diego State University
  • M.A., applied arts with emphasis in furniture design, San Diego State University
First year at SCAD:

"I am inspired by motivated and energetic students. I am also inspired by art, design, literature and music that have withstood the test of time."


Member of Conference Steering Committee for the Furniture Society Annual National Conference in Savannah, Georgia, hosted by SCAD Furniture Department, 2004

Awards, recognition and honors

Presenter at the Annual Niche Awards Ceremony in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 2006; special commendation by San Diego City Council "as an individual who exemplifies the depth and talent of San Diego Artisans and for his contribution to art appreciation in San Diego"; notable exhibitions: Congressive Design Pinnacle Gallery, Savannah, Georgia; Allied Craftsmen of San Diego, Trios Gallery, San Diego, California; Wood, Steel, Glass and . . . Clay?!, Faith Nightingale Gallery, San Diego, California; Decade 5, Calhoun Gallery, San Diego, California; Craftsmanship in Metal and Wood, Golden West College Art Gallery, Huntington Beach, California; Cross Grain: A Survey in Wood, Muckenthaler Cultural Center, Fullerton, California; In the Form of Furniture, Irvine Fine Arts Center, Irvine, California; California Crafts XIII, Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, California; Marietta College Crafts National, Marietta College Gallery, Marietta, Ohio


Past vice president and board member, Allied Craftsmen of San Diego (a juried professional organization), The Furniture Society

Publications and presentations

Books: Tables, Fine Woodworking Design Book Seven, Taunton Press; Tables, Fine Woodworking Design Book Four, Taunton Press; Fine Woodworking Design Book Three, Taunton Press; Joinery: Shaping and Milling, Taunton Press; Chairs, Fine Woodworking Design Book Two, Taunton Press; Instruments and Tools, Fine Woodworking Biennial Design Book, Taunton Press

Magazines: Bent Lamination by John Pierson, Fine Woodworking; Five Woodworkers, San Diego Home/Garden; Lead Toward the Future, Furniture Studio: Focus on Materials, The Furniture Society; Contemporary Classics, San Diego Home/Garden; A Balance Between Design and Craftsmanship, Art of California; Extension Tables: Their Design and Construction, Fine Woodworking; Art is Put on the Table, San Diego Union

Previous Positions

Twenty-four years of teaching experience including founding Furniture Design programs at Mesa Community College, San Diego, California, and Southwestern College, Chula Vista, California. Thirteen years as owner and principal designer/craftsman of JM Pierson and Company Fine Contemporary Furniture Makers, San Diego, California; associate designer/craftsman at Gemmel and Associates Furniture, San Diego, California

Courses Taught

  • FURN 200 Materials and Techniques I
  • FURN 236 Materials and Techniques II
  • FURN 323 Prototype Fabrication
  • FURN 410 Design Studio: Advanced Furniture Design
  • FURN 425 Design Studio: Senior Studio
  • FURN 762 Experimental Wood Fabrication