Entries by vdv

It’s Working Out

A couple years ago, I pulled my work out of galleries and pretty much stopped accepting invitations to show. I wanted to bring as much focus back into the studio as I could. I wanted to bring some percolating themes to a full boil, work with more challenging scale, and a broader array of materials — […]

Just Three Years

I started this piece over three years ago. I’ve done others like it, but not to this level of detail. Initially, I threw a number of vases in this form, but chose this one to carve.  It took days and days to draw the pattern. When I finally started carving, it took about three days to rough […]

Have a nice trip. See you in the Fall (newsletter)

Changing Leaves One of my great mentors, Captain Ted Schmidt, said to me, “Count that day wasted you don’t learn something new.”  I haven’t wasted many days. It helps that I spend most of my days working with clay. It also helps that I often have to learn the same lessons over and over again. […]

Featured Artist: Jessica Ives

Name: Jessica Ives Year of HS graduation: 1999, when my last name was Stammen Current Location: Damariscotta, Maine Links: www.jessicaleeives.com What fills your days? Learning. Whether I’m painting, swimming, stretching, reading, dancing, cutting a carrot, or driving in the car with my husband, I think it’s good to remember that it’s all learning, that I’m learning […]

Summer Newsletter (late posting)

Expanding Focus I’ve been sticking pretty close to home, concentrating my energy, allowing myself to wander in the studio. Things are opening up. My friend, Garrett, once told me, “The only real power we have is where we place our focus.” I’m looking more carefully at the sculptural aspects of my work, mixing materials and ideas that have long held […]

Featured Artist: Jesse Gillespie

 Name:  Jesse Gillespie Year of HS graduation: 1999 Current location:  Rockland, Maine Links: http://www.jessegillespieart.com, www.dowlingwalsh.com What fills your days? My wife and I recently returned to Maine from D.C., where we lived for three years. We’ve been settling in to our new home in Rockland, swimming and checking with friends. A good deal of time has […]

2015 Winter Newsletter

My Plan for 2015 (besides shoveling snow) First name, last name, I don’t remember: his students just called him “Gunner,” and he was one of my favorite education professors at Saint Lawrence.  He had all sorts of good things to say, but thirty-three years later what I remember is, “If you’re not on the edge, you’re taking […]

Snow Poem

Someone sent Kate this poem for Valentine’s Day.  We don’t know who. I really like it.   Listen, Valentine In the check out line When a stranger warns of a blizzard Do not say, “Yippee, more snow!” Leave the store before you imagine Violet shadows on a clean white field The way the edges soften […]