Yuri Kobayashi is a New England based sculptor/furniture maker. Born in Japan, she trained in architecture, and then studied woodworking at the Shinrin-Takumi-Juku, under the instruction of Master, Osamu Shoji. Moving to the U.S., she earned her MFA in Furniture Design from San Diego State University, CA 2006. Since then, she has been teaching in the Furniture Design Department at Rhode Island School of Design while continuing her studio practice. Using wood as a predominate medium, she creates a range of objects from abstract sculptures to functional pieces of furniture. Yuri exhibits nationally and has been awarded several competitive residencies, grants, and fellowships, including the Windgate Artist-in-Residencies at SUNY Purchase in 2010, the University of Wisconsin, Madison in 2011, and the International Turning Exchange in Philadelphia in 2014.