Ellen Fure Smith
Ellen Fure Smith created Little Bare Furniture to share her talent for fine woodworking and to honor her own “Little Bear.”
Born and raised in Lexington, Virginia, Ellen grew up appreciating traditional design in a traditional southern small town. A graduate of the School of Art and Design at Marshall University in Huntington, WV, Ellen holds a BFA in sculpture. In her degree program, Ellen discovered a love of working with wood and for using time-honored historic techniques in creating her pieces. You won’t find any metal fasteners in Ellen’s work. She uses splines, dowels, finger joints, and mortise and tenon joints to create one of a kind works of functional art.
Little Bare is a special line of children’s furniture. Using her own lamination technique, sheets of wood are cut into her design, glued, clamped, and shaped and carved by hand. She designs furniture her own “Little Bear” can use.
In addition to Little Bare Furniture, Ellen also designs and creates custom fine furniture for clients. Her work has been chosen for display in the Leso Gallery (Toledo, OH) where she was chosen to present a lecture on her work, “We Art Marshall”, celebrating the opening of the Marshall University Visual Arts Center, “Welcome to My Studio,” at Gallery 842 in Huntington WV, and in juried exhibitions in the Birke Art Gallery at Marshall University. She has received juried awards for her sculpture and furniture as well as for her 2D designs.