Simon van der Ven

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Small Bowl 6/18-1

"Small Bowl 6/18-1"
2.75" x 4", wood-fired stoneware

Round Jar with Marks 6/18

"Round Jar with Marks 6/18"
8" x 8", wood-fired stoneware

Shirt Vase 11-18/3A with 23K Gold Repair

"Shirt Vase 11-18/3A with 23K Gold Repair"
9.25" x 8.25" x 5", wood-fired stoneware

Pierced Dimpled Egg Vase

"Pierced Dimpled Egg Vase"
9" x 7", stoneware

Dimpled Tea Set, pot and 3 cups (2 shown)

"Dimpled Tea Set, pot and 3 cups (2 shown)"
teapot 9 x 8 x 6, cups 3.25 x 3.5 ea., wood-fired stoneware

Shoji Pattern Vase 11/18

"Shoji Pattern Vase 11/18"
9.25" x 6.25", bronze


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.

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.