Spring 2018 Studio Newsletter

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 hands* what’s been happening.

And a lot has been happening!

Throughout the summer and into the fall, I’ll have work at Harbor Square Gallery in Rockland, Dow Studio Gallery on Deer Isle, and Mainely Pottery in Belfast. And you can always find an assortment of cups at Zoot Coffee in Camden.

But first, come to my Open Studio May 5 and 6. Yes, there will be cookies.

If you can’t visit then, here is a calendar of other events involving van der Ven Studios (click on the underlined links for more information):

Upcoming Events in April
28 – 5/1
, Salt Firing with Mark Bell, at  Watershed in Newcastle – we will be firing both individual and collaborative work

5 & 6
Open Studio as part of  the 7th Annual Maine Pottery Tour,  at the studio in Lincolnville
16 to 28, Anagama Firing w/ Jody Johnstone and crew, at Jody’s kiln in Swanville

Unloading Anagama**
23 & 24, Workshop: Pattern and Piercing in Clay,  at Waterfall Arts in Belfast
29, Group Show, The Teapot: Real and Imagined, at Craft Gallery in Rockland

, First Friday Opening at Harbor Square Gallery, in Rockland  – I will be afeatured artist for the monthalong with John Bisbee
6, Group Show, Gray Scale, at Betts Gallery in Belfast
15 to 27, Hanako NakazatoWorkshop, at Haystack on Deer Isle – I will be a technical assistant

25 & 26
, Open Studio, Twelve Hands Pottery Tour, Lincolnville – other ‘hands’ include Jody Johnstone, Betsy Levine, Megan Flynn, Cory Upton-Cosulich, and Jean Hardy

6 to 11/11
Maine Dutch Masters, George Marshall Store Gallery, York – I am proud to be showing with Jaap Helder and Jan ter Weele

* Friend, artist, long-time mentor, and owner of Harbor Square Gallery taught me the word ‘haptic’ while he held one of my cups. The word can be paired with ‘quality’ to describe an object’s tactile characteristics – the way something feels in the hand. Paired with ‘perception’. it describes the active exploration of an object with our hands. Lately, this has become an increasingly vital part of my studio practice. Visual and functional aspects remain part of the balance, but this increased emphasis on the feel of what I make, works better to satisfy and communicate my inner rumblings.
** I am way too excited about this firing. I will do my best to have the work cleaned up and ready for viewing by June 12. Collectors particularly interested in my wood-fire work, please call or write to make an appointment following that date.