Spoons and Such: Carve it, Paint it, Gild it

Instructor: Jacques Vesery, 2011 Master Craft Artist

Enrollment limit: 14 (Full, wait list only)

Level: All levels

Supplies/Materials Fee: $20  Instructor will bring additional materials to sell directly to students as needed a-la-carte style.

How do you create exquisite, alluring, visually powerful sculptural objects in wood? This course is for any maker who wants to do just that. Using the humble spoon as a launch pad, Jacques guides participants to experiment with new tools and techniques and to explore design elements such as proportion, scale, volume, texture, and color. Each student creates one or more objects, focusing on the seamless integration of form and surface.

Technical instruction includes carving and texturing with rotary carvers, reciprocating carvers, and burning tools. In addition, Jacques ladles out methods for coloring, using acrylics to complement textured surfaces, and gilding with gold leaf and other metals.

#1- Sacred Spoons of the Pemaquid Rock People 124 BCE, sculpture by Jacques Vesery, 2010

#1- Sacred Spoons of the Pemaquid Rock People 124 BCE | Wood sculpture by Jacques Vesery, 2010

Jacques Vesery is an artist/sculptor from Damariscotta and has lived in Maine for over 25 years. Striving to create an illusion of reality, his vision and inspiration begins with repetitive patterns derived from the ‘golden mean’ or ‘divine proportions’. The marriage of pattern, form and proportion conveys a sense of growth from within each of his pieces.

His work is in numerous public and private collections including the Detroit Institute of Art, the Contemporary Art Museum of Honolulu, Yale University Art Gallery, The Carnegie Museum and the Peabody Essex Museum. He is a Maine Arts Commission Fellow for 2000 and received the title of “Master Craft Artist” and lifetime membership from the Maine Crafts Association in 2011.

Jacques has lectured on design and concepts within his work in 28 US states and 13 countries at such locations as Journees Mondiales du Tournage D’art Sur Bois Congres, Loughborough University, `Aha Hana Lima- Hawaii and World Wood Day in China,Turkey and Nepal.