Welcome to Van der Ven Studios in Lincolnville, Maine - Fine art ceramic artist SIEM VAN DER VEN received his undergraduate degree in printmaking with a minor in sculpture. He 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 he worked in Atelier Buffile and studied painting and critical theory at the Marchutz School. Later, while still teaching, he earned an MFA with a concentration in ceramics and drawing.

Van der Ven has taught as an adjunct professor at University of Maine Augusta, U-Rock, and Unity College and have facilitated numerous workshops. He has been a resident artist at Anderson Ranch, Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts, and Haystack Mountain School of Crafts.

Van der Ven is drawn to organic forms and patterns, to natural phenomena that the human eye and spirit respond to as both fresh and timeless. He uses materials such as clay, paint, and found objects to explore these subjects.

Siem'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.

He live and work in Lincolnville Center, Maine with his wife Kate Braestrup. We share loving six grown children and seven grandchildren.

Location: 27 Moss Meadow in Lincolnville, ME.

Phone: (207) 975-3456

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