2017 Artist of the Month Schedule

AMacMillanCloseUpGlaze August Artist of the Month:
Adam MacMillan

Artist Visit Date: August 19th, 2017 12— 3 p.m.

Adam MacMillan of Surfside Ceramic Studios works alongside his family creating stunning crystalline glazes on porcelain pottery. A high fire glaze process, crystalline glazes can be extremely difficult to produce, with only a few potters working in this technique. A combination of specific glaze formulation, application, and firing techniques, despite meticulous attention to detail, the results are often unpredictable. Firing the glazed work at about 2000 degrees Fahrenheit, the crystals that grow on the pottery are just like gems found in nature, with no two exactly alike. All of the pieces are hand thrown or slab formed and each is truly one of a kind. The crystals are permanent and will not fade or change over time, but due to the texture and porous nature of the surface, these pieces should not be used to store food. Adam, who studied mechanical engineering, is naturally drawn to working with clay. He enjoys the technical aspects of ceramics and has been making pots for 15 years. With a combined experience of over 90 years working in clay, the MacMillan family’s beautiful work can be found in galleries in Massachusetts and Exeter Fine Crafts.

DMartinIntarsia September Artist of the Month:
Duane F. Martin

Artist Visit Date: September 16th, 2017 12— 3 p.m.

Specializing in Intarsia Art, a form of wood inlay (which uses thick woods), Duane F. Martin uses a variety of 'un-stained' hard and soft woods to create stunning landscapes, portraits, animals and other imagery. Relying solely on the color and grain of the wood to enhance his images, Duane uses many different species of woods. Cutting out the shapes on a scroll saw, he sands, carves, incorporates wood burning techniques and individually finishes each piece before gluing them onto a backing board. The final result is not only a stunningly elaborate work of art, but also a piece that celebrates the natural beauty of the wood itself. After retiring from the Southern California Edison Company in July 1996, culminating a 32-year career as an Electrical/Nuclear Engineer, Duane and his wife moved to NH to be closer to their children/grandchildren. Having always enjoyed working with wood, Duane built a shop in his basement where he created cabinets for his home and church. In 2006, an article in Wood Magazine inspired Duane to create an eagle using the pattern provided. That launched his intarsia journey. A member of the League of NH Craftsmen, Duane’s work has been featured on NH Chronicle and in several exhibitions throughout the state. He has also won several awards over the years including: ScrollSaw Magazine Editor's Choice Awards for the “Best Intarsia Project” (2010) and “Best in Contest” (2011), and “Best in Wood” at the August 2016 Living with Craft Exhibition at the League of NH Sunapee Fair. In addition to creating, Duane also enjoys working with teachers in local schools to introduce the students and teachers to the intarsia process.

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