Simon van der Ven

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From the Wrack Line - Jacob's Ladder

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Simon van der Ven
From the Wrack Line - Jacob's Ladder
acrylic and found object impressions on board, 25x17"

From the Wrack Line - Knot

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Simon van der Ven
From the Wrack Line - Knot
acrylic and found object impressions on board, 6.5x6.5"

From the Wrack Line - Streamer

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Simon van der Ven
From the Wrack Line - Streamer
acrylic and found object impressions on board, 6.5x6.5"

From the Wrack Line - Dream House

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Simon van der Ven
From the Wrack Line - Dream House
acrylic and found object impressions on board, 6.5x6.5"

Pocket Vase 9022

$275
Simon van der Ven
Pocket Vase 9022
wood-fired stoneware, 7.25x7.25x3.5"

Large Shirt Vase

$325
Simon van der Ven
Large Shirt Vase
stoneware, 9.75x4.75"

Five-Sided Bellven Vase

$3,200
Simon van der Ven
Five-Sided Bellven Vase
porcelain, 9x9x9"

Blue Dimple Patterned Egg

$3,200
Simon van der Ven
Blue Dimple Patterned Egg
stoneware, 22x13x13"

Shoji Pattern Vase 11/18

$5,000
Simon van der Ven
Shoji Pattern Vase 11/18
bronze, 9.25x6.25"


Bio

Having received an undergraduate degree in printmaking with a minor in sculpture, Simon 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.

Simon has been an adjunct instructor at the University of Maine Augusta, University College Rockland, and Unity College. He’s 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. 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.

"I am drawn to organic forms and patterns, to natural phenomena that the human eye and spirit responds to as both fresh and timeless. Nest, egg, scale, branch, vein, river, bone and stone." In combination with organic forms and patterns, Simon utilizes the labor intensive technique of wood firing on some of his pieces to further emphasize his interest in the natural world and an organic look.

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.