Jay Chapman pursued an affinity for design while still in high school, where he studied architecture and drafting. In college he discovered a passion for furniture design. “It was then that I connected the ideas that you can be creative with a utilitarian craft like woodworking,” says Chapman. “I wanted to bring the finesse of handcrafting to furniture design.”
He earned a bachelor of arts and science degree in architectural studies from the University of Arkansas, followed by a master’s of fine arts in furniture design from the Savannah College of Art and Design.