Bursting Forth My word, the winter was long and dark, but the peepers have finally begun peeping. The very earth is rumbling with promise, and I can’t recall ever before feeling more in sync with the changing season. The studio is buzzing with energy. No day is long enough. I can’t wait for you to see and hold in your […]
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Influence pushes. Inspiration pulls My high school photography teacher was a guy named Mr. Parker. He taught through precise demonstration. We could ask questions, but mostly we stood silently, watching him work, and then were let go to try it ourselves. Back then, we were working with manual cameras, black and white film, and chemicals. […]
Announcing a very special OPEN STUDIO July 8 and 9 10 am to 4 pm each day 10% of weekend profits will go to the Watershed Center for Ceramic Arts building fund In conjunction with Watershed’s Salad Days event, the New England Craft Tour, and my continued campaign to keep things fresh and lively, I’ll be hosting three marvelous guest artists […]
As spring follows winter… During the cold and quiet of winter, I moved steadily through projects, making molds, testing new glazes, refining utilitarian forms, improving press-molding techniques, casting wax and then bronze, carving wood, and combining materials to finish several new sculptures. The gallery is full. I also reflected on my teaching career. I loved teaching. Two things […]
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 — […]
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 […]
Come visit this weekend for free cookies and 10 to 50% off most items in the gallery. Hours, 10am to 4pm each day. The sale will continue on-line (click buy now button on the home page) March 8 through 12. I hope to see or hear from you soon.
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. […]
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 […]
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 […]