Gail Fredell


I am a fourth generation native Californian, born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. I graduated from UC Berkeley with a degree in Architecture in 1974, and after four years of working as a general contractor, I returned to school and received my MFA in Woodworking and Furniture Design from Rochester Institute of Technology in 1980.

Since then I have pursued a career of studio furniture work, education and arts administration.  I have maintained workshops in the Bay Area, the mountains of Colorado and North Carolina, and now Fall River, MA. I have taught extensively in workshop programs across the country, and from 1993 to 2001 I served as the Furniture Program Director at Anderson Ranch Arts Center near Aspen, CO.

In 2012 I was invited to teach in the Foundation Studies and Furniture Design Departments at RISD, and I have since then moved permanently to the area and continue to teach part-time at the College. I live in Westport Point, MA and work at the Smokestack Studios in Fall River, MA.

My furniture is in the permanent collections of SF MOMA, the Oakland Museum, The Fuller Craft Museum, Stanford University Memorial Chapel and The AIDS Memorial Grove in Golden Gate Park.

I am currently a Faculty member in the Furniture Design and Foundation Studies departments at Rhode Island School of Design, and continue to design and build commissioned and speculative furniture work at Smokestack Studios in Fall River, MA.