Working primarily with wood and steel, Kyle Kulchar creates studio furniture and sculpture influenced by historical furniture and architecture. He transforms the classic cabriolet leg and traditional furniture forms by embracing the unconventional techniques of rough sawn textures, grinding, and experimental finishes. Moving freely between sculptural and furniture forms allows him to focus on aesthetic and emotional relationship, rather than functionality. Whether it is cold forming sheet steel or cutting wood on the table saw, Kulchar's process remains engaged, constantly responding to the material.
In 2016 Kulchar was selected for the Penland Core Fellowship at Penland School of Crafts in North Carolina. This was not a only a continuation, but a broadening of the studies he began at Kendall College of Art and Design in Grand Rapids, MI. First, in the furniture design program, then switching to a focus in Sculpture/Functional Art. During his time at Penland, Kulchar continued to hone his skills in design, woodworking, and metalsmithing. Building up a dynamic portfolio with his creative vocabulary, he strives to make thoughtful work that exhibits excellence in craftsmanship.
He is currently living and working in western North Carolina.