Simon van der Ven

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Large Dimpled Vase 9482

$575
Simon van der Ven
Large Dimpled Vase 9482
stoneware, 10.5x6"

Dimpled Blue Platter

$325
Simon van der Ven
Dimpled Blue Platter
porcelain, 11.75x11.75"

Dimpled Round Vase 9332

$475
Simon van der Ven
Dimpled Round Vase 9332
wood-fired stoneware, 7.5x7.5"

Pocket Vase 9022

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

Round Jar with Marks 6/18

$225
Simon van der Ven
Round Jar with Marks 6/18
wood-fired stoneware, 8x8"

Large Shirt Vase

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

Dimpled Vase 9256

$225
Simon van der Ven
Dimpled Vase 9256
wood-fired stoneware, 4x4.5"

Dimpled Vase 9255

$175
Simon van der Ven
Dimpled Vase 9255
wood-fired stoneware, 3.5x3.75"

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"

Dimpled BellVen Vase (8712)

$3,200
Simon van der Ven
Dimpled BellVen Vase (8712)
porcelain, 8x11x11"


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.