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June 23, 2018@10:00 AM - June 24, 2018@4:00 PM


In this two day workshop, Siem van der Ven will demonstrate techniques drawn directly from his body of work including surface design, carving, piercing, and throwing double-walled forms. Students are encouraged to bring leather-hard greenware onto which they will learn to draw accurate grids for creating surface patterns of their own. They will also have the opportunity to work on the wheel under the Siem’s guidance.


with Siem van der Ven
June 23 & 24
Saturday & Sunday 10AM – 4PM
$240 + $25 materials
Ages 18+

Members receive class discounts! Check out our membership program here.


ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR: Having received an undergraduate degree in printmaking with a minor in sculpture, Siem van der Ven 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 van der Ven worked in Les Buffile clay studio and studied painting and critical theory at the Marchutz School. Later, while still teaching, van der Ven earned an MFA  concentrating his studies on ceramics and drawing. He has been an adjunct instructor at the University of Maine Augusta, University College Rockland, and Unity College. He has facilitated workshops at Haystack Mountain School of Craft, and has been a resident artist at Anderson Ranch Arts Center in Colorado and Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts in Maine. Van der Ven’s work has won awards in several national juried competitions. His work 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. Today, van der Ven works as a full-time studio artist and part-time educator. He’s married to author Kate Braestrup with whom he shares six grown children.


Register by filling out the form below or calling the office at (207) 338-2222. Enroll early to ensure a spot! Partial scholarships are available. Find out more about our scholarship program here.

NOTE: You will receive confirmation when you have successfully submitted the registration form. Your registration is not complete until payment has been received. Please try to register no later than one week prior to the first meeting of the class. All classes have minimum and maximum enrollment thresholds, so early registration will improve the chances of a class running and of your slot in it! Minimum enrollment for this class must be met by June 16 in order for it to run.



June 23, 2018@10:00 AM
June 24, 2018@4:00 PM
Event Category:


Waterfall Arts
(207) 338-2222