Tea Caddies, Cups and Eggs for the wood fire

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. Does it count if what’s new is a slightly changed perspective?

Something relatively new is the featured artist post on my website. I began last month with Jesse Gillespie. This month it’s Jessica Ives. Each month, I plan to publish a short article about a former student. This goes along with the sidebar on my bio page where I list former students and links to their websites. It occurred to me, as I was editing Jessica’s feature, that I really loved teaching. It also occurred to me to admit that one aspect of it was always rather selfish: I learned far more from my students than they ever learned from me. This is neither hubris nor humility. It’s a matter of numbers. I had a lot to teach, but there was just me. There were so many of them, wise in their own ways, with so much to share. Read the posts, look at their work, and you’ll begin to see what I mean.

Thank you to all who came to visit this summer. Some of you even stayed for supper (you know who you are)! Your continued friendship and support sustain me. Your commissions are underway or on the docket and the long-term projects continue apace.

Projects underway include:

Nest – a series of sculptures in wood and clay inspired by Gaston Bachelard’s The Poetics of Space
Shoji Pattern – a series of vessels with carved surfaces inspired by a 16th century Japanese screen
Bronze – working with sculptor JT Gibson to cast select works in this luscious metal
Changing Scale – working to slip-cast very large egg forms to be carved, pierced and modified , a project supported by a Maine Arts Commission grant
Wrack Line – continuing to collect material from the shore line to inspire sculpture, prints and painting

And the collaboration with Mark Bell continues as well.

Open Studio this weekend!

Please stay in touch and come visit to see what’s new!

Enjoy the changing seasons,

Siem