Salon at Forest is a monthly talk and conversation event where makers from diverse backgrounds come together to share their personal creative journeys. This series, which began in early 2017 has had over 40 presenters from wide-ranging disciplines including ceramics, glass, painting, sculptures, poetry, neuroscience, live action role playing, textiles, dance, film, and set design.

We welcome new guest speakers and participants. If you would like to participate or make a suggestion please email Yuko at

Next Salon: Salon Social! Wednesday, December 12, 6:3opm

It’s Salon Social! Please come celebrate the end of year with awesome friends of Salon at forest!  We had 11 salons with 22 guest presenters this year. This month, there is no presentation. Catch up with friends and their projects and make new ones with a tipple or two. We’ll be back with the regular program with guest presenters in January 2019, woot! 

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Our past salons:

Wednesday, November 13

Kate Kosek

Kate Kosek's work is a formal exploration of sensation, memory, routine, and perception through the interweaving of painting, drawing, printmaking, and crocheted fibers.  She will be discussing her first large-scale installation piece made for an exhibition in Bologna this past May, as part of an international collaboration between the Wayfarers collective in Brooklyn and artistic-duo Antonello Ghezzi in Italy.


Kyong Kim

An assembly of pipe sculptures. A series of clay beams. Furry ceramic feet for objects. A skinny column. Kyong Kim will talk about her ceramic projects, where she appropriates industrial and architectural forms.  Kyong Kim is an architect and designer based in New York. Her work ranges in scale from a 12x12 pixel gif to a 12,000 square meter building. For more of her projects, visit


Wednesday, October 24th

A designer-artist Fernando Mastrangelo uses atypically commonplace materials – such as salt, coffee, sand, glass and cement – to cast sculptural objects that inextricably entangle fine art and design disciplines. Mastrangelo is founder of a design firm, Fernando Mastrangelo Studio (FM/S), that runs out of his Brooklyn studio.


"This Drum Has Two Heads and I Only Have One"

Douglas MacKenzie  will talk about mṛdangam, the principal drum in South Indian, or Carnatic music and play some drums! Doug studied the drum under the late T. Ranganathan at Wesleyan University. He is the recipient of a Ford Foundation Fellowship to collect and transcribe the compositions of Ranganathan. Doug is also a Craniosacral and Movement Therapist, founder of BrilliantBody™, who has worked in clinical and private practice since 1990. 

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Tuesday, September 25th

Ricardo Woo


Ricardo Woo will talk about his ceramic-painting-performance studio named Atelier Dragão Baiano, situated on a beachfront coconut farm in Bahia, Brazil. Since 2003, this multidisciplinary tropical den has promoted art residency programs and workshops for international and local artists and cultural junket parties.
Ricardo lives and works in New York, São Paulo and Bahia, Brazil. He has a B.A. in Architecture and Urbanism from the University of São Paulo FAU-USP and an M.A. in Studio Art from NYU.

Erica Sellers


Erica Sellers uses a combination of analog and digital processes, exploring themes such as the visualization of data and sound. Erica is an artist and designer based in New York City and is the head of art production and design at Isolated Labs--studio of Tavares Strachan. She received a BFA in Industrial Design from RISD in 2012. 

Wed. July 25

Nick Robles

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We have a little different format this month. For the first half of the night, Nick will talk to us about his photo projects. His latest series “Block Head Modeling” explores curiosity, social creativity, and play.  For the second half, Nick would like for YOU to take part! Create a wearable headpiece and model the final piece for the "Block Head Modeling". We will provide simple children's craft supplies. Come ready to play!

Wed. June 20

Brenda Colling 


Brenda has worked with interior designers, set designers, set decorators, magazine editors and personal clients creating drapery, softgoods, and upholstery. Brenda also sources and or repairs furniture with antique fabrics and trims for a variety of celebrity clientele. She will show us her artwork including paper sculpture and textiles.

Jordan Kasey 


Joran is a painter who lives and works in Brooklyn NY. She will be presenting a project she did in 2013, when she took a departure from her usual studio practice to paint murals while visiting a friend who was doing Peace Corps in a village in rural Senegal.


Wednesday, May 30th

Natalie Moore


Natalie Moore is a visual artist whose current work is created by hand weaving steel wire.  The shapes of her sculptures reference both the natural and the man-made. They can resemble objects ravaged by wind, rain and the continuum of time while at the same time referencing a scientific rendering of string theory or an un-built, abandoned CAD model gone awry.

Cecilia Jansson


“I express myself mainly through drawing and sculpture. I often utilize time consuming techniques such as handbuilding porcelain, welding or silk-thread stitching. I will tell you about my projects and focus on my “Cultivation” -series, sculptures made of porcelain and bread.” -Cecilia Jansson

Cecilia Jansson is known for her well-crafted sculptures and large-scale embroidery. She was selected to exhibit at the Swatch pavilion at the Venice Biennial 2015. She has been a head teacher in sculpture at Örebro Art College, Sweden and is currently working on new projects at Sculpture Center NYC.

Wednesday, April 25th

Monique Ford

For most of her career Monique has created abstract paintings and collages on canvas and panel using oil, acrylic and watercolor. Over the last year her body of work has transformed. She currently creates watercolor paintings using representational imagery surrounding botanical and anatomical references and symbols. 

Monique graduated from Plattsburg State University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts focusing on painting, drawing and photography and received a Masters of Fine Arts from the Pratt Institute with a focus on painting. Monique has been working in arts education organizations throughout New York City for the last 14 years and currently works at the Lenox Hill Neighborhood House as the Director of Visual and Performing Arts. You can view her work at 

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Ellie Murphy

Ellie is a Queens-New York-based sculptor who grew up in Lindsborg, Kansas, and earned a BFA in sculpture from Washington University in St. Louis and an MFA from Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut. Her recent ventures include residencies at Franconia Sculpture Park and St. Thomas Aquinas College, a commission for Summit Public Art in Summit, New Jersey, and a solo show at The Birger Sandzén Memorial Gallery at Bethany College. Currently, she is the teaching artist-in-residence with ProjectArt at the Queens Library Peninsula Branch in the Rockaways. You can view her work online at

“My work explores the relationship between personal and cultural nostalgia in subject matter, material and method. It straddles the childhood/adulthood line while questioning the fine art/traditional craft form border. Combining references to doll hair, crafts, folk motifs and Americana from my 1970’s childhood in Kansas, I see interdependence between the multiplicities of cultures in our world and make sculpture as a way of recognizing and playing with the unintended and humorous connections between them.” 


Tuesday, March 20th

ChiSum Ngai


Sum is a coffee expert who runs Coffee Project in East Village where a deconstructed latte flight is served. She will talk to us about the coffee processing method and how the coffee is harvested. If we are lucky we might be able to enjoy a cup of coffee while learning a little background on how the coffee is selected.

David Colannino

David grew up in Providence, RI. He studied philosophy, history, and literature at the University of Rhode Island and King’s College London. He spent several years abroad in Spain studying Spanish. In 2016, he received his MFA from the University of New Orleans. David's work undermines generalized historical narratives by presenting specific events with satirical pedagogical installations. His most recent installation took place in Maribor, Slovenia, part of a residency program called Guestroom Maribor.


February 21, 2018

Christian Stolte

Christian Stolte is a designer and artist who fell in love with science. He currently works as a data visualization designer at the New York Genome Center. He will talk to us about his project, DNA Portraits. 

We use the visible differences between individuals to identify people. What we can’t see is what causes the differences: the genetic makeup of each person, and the differences between one's genome and that of another. DNA Portraits use data from 23andMe, distilled via code into a concise form that makes genomic data visible and shows identifiable differences between genomic signatures, without getting hung up on details. 

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Cynthia Reynolds

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Cynthia Reynolds is currently a member of the Wayfarers studio program in Bed Stuy, Brooklyn, where she is molding, casting, and building with porcelain, plaster, and found packing materials. She will talk to us about how she got interested in interstitial (between) spaces, her discovery of packing materials as medium and image, and how her use of them has evolved.

Cynthia was born and raised outside Louisville, Kentucky, and moved to New York City in late 2014. She was an artist-in-residence at the Louisville Stoneware pottery from 2003-2005, and was awarded a Kentucky Arts Council Al Smith Individual Artist Fellowship in 2006. She was a member of the Louisville-based group ENID: Generations of Women Sculptors from 2006-2014. She holds degrees from Centre College (BA, English/Art), Kansas City Art Institute (BFA, Ceramics), and the University of Washington in Seattle (MFA, Ceramics). Her work has been featured in exhibitions across the U.S. 

January 24, 2018


Rev Wang

Rev is a collector. Her collections include bones, stones, shells, plants and other natural materials. On Wed, she will share photos of her collections and discuss how they are connected with her. She finally realized that bones are the clues to her work for over ten years and clay is her current language for expression.

Catherine Ramen

Catherine is francophile, former blogger, and budding game designer. She is currently designing a roleplaying game about the Paris Commune.

In 1871 a popular revolt in Paris created a radically democratic government like nothing the world had ever seen before. Admired by Marx and Victor Hugo, the Paris Commune survived just two months before being brutally crushed by the French Army. The last of the great Parisian uprisings, the Commune remains little-known today even though it grappled with the same issues of social inequality, prejudice, and workers' rights that are still hotly debated today.

 The image: a detail from a painting by George Clairin, The Burning of the Tuileries.

The image: a detail from a painting by George Clairin, The Burning of the Tuileries.

December 13, 2017

Salon Social!
There will be no presentation - please come for a friendly conversation.

November 16, 2017


Alice MacKenzie

Revisiting La Frontera
La Frontera: Paisajes Humanos y Naturales/ The Border: Human and Natural Landscapes

For ten weeks during the summer of 1999 Alice traveled from Tijuana to Matamoros along the Mexican-U.S. border. Her journey was mostly by bus along the Mexican side of the geographic line. She stayed with social workers, with members of church organizations, in migrant homes, and in women’s shelters. "I am interested in how migrant women live in this region: women who travel north from parts of Mexico and Latin America looking for better work opportunities along the border itself, or who intend to cross the border to the United States and cannot. These images represent a portion of what I witnessed."

Hilda Shen

Hilda Shen is an artist whose work includes sculpture, monotypes, installations and drawings.  She went in June to Jingdezhen, China, which has been a continually active porcelain center for the last 1000 years.  Seeing the history, technique, and scale of activity in this city was an incredible experience.   Hilda will share photos, video clips, and some thoughts about porcelain and more.

October 24, 2017

Alfred Schatz

For almost ten years, Al has worked in Off-Broadway theater in several different capacities, but most notably in Stage & Set Design. Having no prior theater education or experience, though, he has relied on his years of exhibiting and working in the NYC gallery scene to inform his design aesthetic. It also helps that he's "handy with tools."  Al will be presenting examples of his designs, and discussing the importance of collaboration in a creative environment.


Emily Smith

Emily Smith is a sculptor and dancer. She will be showing clips from her first dance film. Her work teeters between costume and set, and becomes kinetic sculptures. This work started out as an inquiry of home and goes on a journey in collaboration with the dancers, of the notion skidding abodes and where a home begins and ends, and perhaps it just exists within us in our own bodies.

September 19, 2017

Adrienne Robles

It's been twenty seven months since Adrienne first set foot on African soil for the education sector of the Peace Corps. With nothing but butterflies in her stomach, a single duffle bag, and a few months of training, she arrived in Chadiza, a small farming village in the Eastern Province of Zambia. No running water, no electricity, a surrogate family. Now the adventure has come to an end. 

Nam Holtz

Join Nam Holtz, as she enters the final stages of post-production on a documentary film 7 years in the making. "Found in Korea" is about adoption, identity, and Nam's personal search for her birth parents. Nam will share her process of creating, challenges, and learnings from inception to it's current fine-cut format.

August 24, 2017

Amelia Black
A designer who can’t stop making, Amelia utilizes a broad design skill-set to research, make and ultimately invest in ideas and experiences. Thriving through the physical exploration of material stories, whether a brand identity, a publication or a ceramic object - Amelia's work seeks to tell stories you can touch.

Vinay Pai
Vinay is a computer scientist and programmer who's working on understanding and combating the fake news phenomenon. He'll do deep dives into a couple of stories exploring how they originate, morph, and spread, and give a brief tour of his project,

James Corporan
James is an artist and maker whose work includes glass sculptures, paper sculptures and drawings. He will be presenting images of recent three and two dimensional pieces from a developing body of work and speaking briefly about the inspiration for, ideas behind, and history of the works. IG@james_corporan

July 26, 2017

Lincoln Mayne
Lincoln is an artist working in ceramics. He will show us his ongoing series “Beauty Pageant” and speak about his fascination in human conditions, his current interests in stories our minds tell us, and his approach to ceramics.

Jaleh Fazel
Jaleh will show us her ongoing project “Helmets” and talk about her passion for clay which began at the age of 10, and how her work has transformed over the years. 

Marius Ritiu
In his practice he explores ideas surrounding travel, motion, migration and cosmology, reflecting on the importance and/or triviality of heritage, borders, nationhood. Marius will speak about his ongoing series entitled The Global Citizen. For these sculptural works, he collects wood adorned with pre-Christian symbols from the ancient region Maramures in Romania. He cuts and reassembles the wood to form 12 pentagons, and uses a unique Roma processing method to then superimpose Belgian copper plates on top.

June 21, 2017

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Dana Kane
Dana will show us her ongoing project, Kites, and talk about the history of kites and some early myths regarding the heavens. "I love the symbolism of kites: of reaching beyond the earthly realm and by doing so reaching beyond ourselves to what is hopefully a better world. I have used various shapes and forms to explore different ideas. These explorations have veered from the poetic to the political, and are on going."

Najib Majaj
Najib is a research scientist in Neuroscience at NYU and will talk to us about how changes in our ability to do things as we develop and grow older, can give us insight into how the brain works.

Gaylord Tang
Gayload will share with us what he is working on with his LARP - Live Action Roleplaying Games. He will show us a lino print he made to set the theme and talk about characters and scenarios he has developed and is working on for the future.

Laura Zaveckaite
Laura will talk to us about her porcelain Jesus sculptures and her ongoing installation project in Labanoras Forest in Lithuania.

May 24, 2017

Nick Robles: Photography: Cloud Trap.
Lisa Seebach: Works in clay and metal
Yvonne Olivas: Her dissertation on Lee Lozano
Gareth Anderson: New works inspired by the surrealists

April 25, 2017

Yuko Nishikawa: Ongoing ceramic series, Time Vessels
Kyle Lee:Ceramics, new and past works
Daniel Root: Photography: new and past works
Kyle Dacuyan: Poetry
Thaddeus Wolfe: Glass sculptures "Assemblage"
Gabri Rosina: 3-D printed jewelry

March 28, 2017

Yuko Nishikawa: ongoing ceramic series: Fantacy And Nightmare Today
Yenlin C: Urban planning and landscape architecture
Maki Yamamoto: Her new textile designs and her Japanese textile collection.
Mike Dickey: Ceramic sculptures and glaze.
Nick Robles: Photography with inflated dinosaurs and neon.
Hilda Shen: Ceramic sculptures: fingerprints, small landscapes and nurse logs.

February 28, 2017

Gareth Anderson: Ceramic sculptures, photography and architecture
Alice McKenzie: Her passions for wood firing and ceramics
Shaun Ellison: Current paintings
Shuya Miyazaki / Hitomi Kamimura from Shuya Cafe de Ramen: Sushi and handmade ceramics
Miki Katagiri: Art hat making
Lois Gallegher: Ceramics and shamanism
Charles Rittman: Ceramics, transferware
Yuko Nishikawa: Ongoing ceramic series: Nightmare and Fantasy As Of Yesterday