John Pierson

  • B.A., applied arts, San Diego State University
  • M.A., applied arts with emphasis in furniture design, San Diego State University

"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."

John Pierson | Furniture design professor

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

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

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