I am drawn to organic forms and patterns, to natural phenomena that the human eye and spirit respond to as both fresh and timeless.

Nest, egg, scale, branch, vein, river, bone and stone: As Isamu Noguchi declared “I keep looking for different ways to say the same thing.” I know I’ve gotten it right, when different people identify a breadth of imagery in the same piece.

“That reminds me of coral,” one exclaims, while another sees lacy stinkhorn and still another sees blood vessels. Art is a process and a practice of consideration and revelation and it is my dearest hope that the process will continue in the lives of those who use and enjoy my work.

Please note: The pieces shown below are examples of recent and current work. Some may no longer be available for purchase. Much more work is available at the studio/gallery in Lincolnville. Measurements are approximate.
Upcoming Events

Thank you to everyone who showed up for the Super Spring-Cleaning Studio Sale. It was a terrific success. I truly appreciate your enthusiasm and support. Thanks for wearing your masks, sanitizing your hands, keeping your distance, and helping to make room for the future!

Between July 9 and 23, a stellar crew including Jody, Cory, Kyla, Miki, David, and Jean Hardy loaded and fired Jody Johnstone’s big wood-fired anagama. We had a great firing, but boy, was it hot work! We plan to unload July 31. I have dimpled cups with handles, thumb cups, small round vases, Home Series panels, and a tea pot currently cooling in the kiln. It’ll take me a bit to clean the freshly fired work, but keep an eye out for new postings. Email or text me if you’d like to request an early heads-up for something in particular.

Prior to the August 16 Sale (see below)the studio and gallery are open to visitors by appointment.  I ask that you wear a mask while indoors and sanitize your hands before entering. If you don’t have sanitizer, I can meet you outside with some. Just ask when you set up your visit. No more than two guests will be allowed inside at a time. Out-of-state visitors, please follow Maine CDC rules as they apply to you. You’re welcome to drop in by chance, but I suggest you call (207)975-3456 to make sure I’m here, available, and properly attired (hey, it’s been really hot). I look forward to seeing you!

On Sunday, August 16, we will be hosting a special outdoor sale at the studio from 10am to 4pm. Simultaneously, Kyla Quigley, and Miki Glasser will be hosting a sale at Miki’s studio across from the Library in Lincolnville Center. Additionally Jody Johnstone (along with a whole bunch of special guests) will be having her post-firing sale that same weekend (Sat. and Sun.). It’s a mini clay tour!

Statement

My work has to do with ideas of home, family, and our relationship to nature.

I use materials such as clay, paint, and found objects to explore these subjects. Girding these ideas is an overarching sense of responsibility as an artist to bring light to the ineffable, to play my role as pioneer and mediator between the known and unknown.

For the most part, I work alone in my studio.  Solitude allows me to engage in processes that require concentration and clarity. However, I have come to realize that much of the energy and motivation to sustain this practice comes from direct and meaningful engagement with the world outside my studio. Working alone has never meant working in isolation. The people in my life mean the world to me. Family, former students, artistic colleagues, my  community of friends keep me company in the studio – sometimes physically but most often in spirit and memory. Their wisdom and experience, the energy of their lives, form the periphery of my quiet contemplation.

In my studio, I get to travel. By engaging with materials and processes (drawing, carving, throwing, printing, painting, etc), I go places that my mind may not go on its own. Most often, I’m well into a body of work before having any clear idea what it’s about. Sometimes I don’t know what’s important about the work until long after it’s finished.  I very seldom begin with an idea and make work to illustrate the idea. That’s like having an idea of a place and going there with the sole intent of confirming that idea.

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I follow these threads through my life: making things, cooking, drawing, sailing, teaching, being a father (the very best work I’ve been a part of). I have never let go of the stage in which I learn from my fingertips inward.

My undergraduate degree is in printmaking with a minor in sculpture. I worked as a goldsmith and carpenter/builder before becoming an award winning high school art teacher. Seventeen years in the classroom were interrupted only by a year-long sabbatical in the south of France, where I worked in Atelier Buffile and studied painting and critical theory at the Marchutz School. Later, while still teaching, I earned an MFA with a concentration in ceramics and drawing.

I’ve taught as an adjunct professor at University of Maine Augusta, U-Rock, and Unity College and have facilitated numerous workshops. I’ve been a resident artist at Anderson Ranch, Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts, and Haystack Mountain School of Crafts.

As an artist, my work has won awards in several national juried competitions. It is held in both private and public collections including the San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts, the Canton Museum of Fine Arts, and Harrisburg Community College.

Currently, I live and work in Lincolnville Center, Maine with my wife Kate Braestrup. We share loving six grown children.

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This work takes time to make. It’s not intended for a one-click world. It is, however, intended for you. If you have any questions whatsoever about the work – size, material, price, why – I encourage you to call or text me (207) 975-3456, or email [email protected].

Even better, or as a follow up, come visit the studio in Lincolnville Center. If circumstances allow, I’d love to make you a cup of coffee or tea. I’m here most of the time, but to make sure, call or text (207) 975-3456 to make an appointment.

You can also find my work at Page Gallery on Bayview Street and a selection of cups at Zoot Coffee on Elm Street in Camden.

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