The Maine
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Tag: porcelain

What Takes Your Breath Away?

porcelain vessels made as a collaboration between Simon van der Ven and Mark Bell . These pieces and a spectacular array of others will be at CRAFT gallery starting today, Friday, October 3.  Mark and I will be at tonight’s reception. +++ Inspiration pulls, influence pushes. I used this line during a slide presentation of my work early this summer. […]

Hands, Heart & Head

porcelain vessels and text by Siem van der Ven Our annual Midcoast  Artists and Artisans Open Studio Tour is taking place this weekend, July 26 through 28. Keep an eye out for the bright pink signs. Go to for a map and more information. Please stop by to visit, browse, ask questions, and add to your collection. […]

Cups With Charts

porcelain cups and salt cellars by Austin Smith Austin Smith is a studio potter working primarily in slip-cast porcelain. His most recent work incorporates screen-print decals of Penobscot Bay navigational charts made with lead-free ceramic ink. “The imagery is nostalgic for me…[it] reminds me of…summer time in Maine, learning how to read charts with my dad, and driving […]

Hands, Heart & Head

porcelain vessels by Simon van der Ven No Knead Bread  I understand this recipe came from a NYTimes article. I received it from friend, Janet Redfield. It’s quick, easy (with some forethought and planning), and has brought us great pleasure and satisfaction. I hope it does the same for you. Ingredients: 3 cups bread flour* 1/4 […]

Hands, Heart & Head

porcelain vessels by Simon van der Ven Two fairly new lidded jar pieces above. The piece below was awarded “Best Thrown and Altered” at the 20th Annual Strictly Functional Pottery National.

Hands, Heart & Head

porcelain and stoneware vessels by Simon van der Ven video by J.P. Fecteau Illuminated Lotus Vase porcelain 6.5″ x 5″ Tall Searsmont Vase I wood-fired porcelaineous stoneware with Searsmont slip and Nuka rim 14.5″ x 6.75″ Matinicus Summer Bowl granite infused wood-fired stoneware, shino rim 2.5″ x 5.75″

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