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. Click the SHOP button above to see what is currently available on line. Even more work is available at the studio/gallery in Lincolnville. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions or would like to set up an appointment to visit. Measurements are approximate.
Upcoming Events

Thank you, thank you to everyone who stopped by during CMCA’s Maine Makers Market! It was marvelous to see your smiling faces.

I’ve recently updated and refreshed the on-line store with the most recent ceramic work. I’ve finished all current commissions and will be taking a break from clay to work on the Wrack Line series. The studio and gallery remain open by appointment, but please wear masks until further notice.

There’s a remnant of sadness as the summer (which passed so quickly!) winds down. Living in Maine, however, is an embarrassment of riches. I have to admit, I’m looking forward to the fall with its abundant harvest and ever-changing beauty. Believe it or not, I’m glad for the coming of winter too with its quiet, cold stillness, its clear and surprising contrasts, and buried promise. Please stay in touch. As always, you are what sustains me through the changing of the seasons and the changing of the times.

Please take good care to be healthy and safe!

– Siem

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 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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