Wharton Esherick


Wharton Esherick (July 15, 1887 – May 6, 1970) was an American sculptor who worked primarily in wood, especially applying the principles of sculpture to common utilitarian objects. Consequently, he is best known for his sculptural furniture and furnishings. Esherick was recognized in his lifetime by his peers as the “dean of American craftsmen” for his leadership in developing nontraditional designs and for encouraging and inspiring artists and artisans by example. Esherick’s influence is evident in the work of contemporary artisans, particularly in the Studio Craft Movement. His home and studio in Malvern, Pennsylvania, are part of the Wharton Esherick Museum, which has been listed as a National Historic Landmark since 1993.

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American sculptor is known for his organic woodworking style and furniture designs. He built his house and workshop in Chester County, Pennsylvania to be a sculptural work in itself.

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United States


Artist, craftsperson, furniture designer, furniture maker, painter, sculptor, woodcutter

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Wharton Esherick

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