Lee wants to live in an interesting resilient community filled with innovative green businesses and artists that feed each other’s spirits. He feels that the Brattelboro/Keene area meets all of the requirements for such a community.
As a designer/maker with more than 40 years of experience, he has taught woodworking, furniture-making and industrial design in a variety of allied materials at RIT, UNH, and Dalhousie University. Until he found his favorite material ‘wood”, he worked as a production potter for Tariki Stoneware, blew glass at Pilchick and even tried his hand at knitting. Examples of Lee’s sculptural furniture reside in the permanent collections of the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, Yale’s Museum of Art, RISD Museum of Art, Renwick Gallery & Smithsonian Institution, Duxbury Art Complex and Cincinnati’s Taft Museum. He has curated educational programming for the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic, designed a retail shop for the League of NH Craftsmen in North Conway and even designed footwear for Timberland. His real passion is designing and making public art spaces that inspire gathering and cultural connection. The Teahouse Pavilion NH State Psychiatric Hospital Concord NH, “Little Red Wagon” sculpture and “I-Heppelwhite” dining suite at Portland Museum of Art in Portland Maine, are permanent public spaces made from mixed media of wood and metal.
Lee currently manages the state-of-the-art prototype laboratories that serve the SPDI Sustainable Product Design & Innovation (SPDI) degree program at Keene State College. He also coordinates the use of the woodshop and teaches woodworking and design under the College’s Continuing Education program. His goal is to create the culture of a “makespace’ that connects students to new and ‘olde’ ways of making by supporting them in the development of analog and digital skills that realize their ideas. During his eclectic travels as a designer - maker, Lee worked in co-op workspaces with other artists in Portsmouth’s Button Factory and the Salmon Falls Mill of Rollinsford (NH). This communal experience gave him a deeper appreciation for innovating through collaboration and creative communities.
Lee hopes to connect with other like-minded creatives in the Southern Vermont & NH area to build a ‘Creative Green Incubator” that encourages the development of a more interesting and prosperous community grounded in sustainable values.