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MAINE CRAFT PORTLAND


GALLERY EXHIBITIONS





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— EXHIBITION

Ruby Jubilee: a 40th Anniversary Celebration

by MCA Members


— ON VIEW

November 3 – 24, 2023


This MCA member’s exhibition focuses on the central theme of the Ruby; the gemstone associated with the 40th anniversary representing a lifetime of shared experiences, memories, and growth. A powerful stone and symbol representing devotion and passion, our members and their works exhibited embody the true nature of the ruby through their craftsmanship and artistry. 


The Maine Crafts Association was founded in 1983 to support and connect Maine’s craft artists. Over the past forty years MCA has grown to serve over 600 members living and working statewide, offering unique programs designed to help artists grow their creative practices and businesses and engage with the greater arts community. In 2023 we will celebrate this landmark anniversary by showcasing a collection of craft objects created by our members. Over 40 pieces made by MCA members were selected for exhibition. 



— EXHIBITION

Costumes & Masks: a solo exhibition of felted Wildling creatures

by Deb Butters


— ON VIEW

October 6 – 31, 2023


Maine Craft Portland proudly presents a solo exhibition by Deb Butters, a multidisciplinary artist native to Maine. Much of Butters’ childhood was spent outdoors foraging: “My pockets were (and are) always full; and even now my home is full of containers of shells, rocks, sticks and natural treasures that I incorporate in my work.” Always fascinated with the world around her, Butters’ has explored a variety of mediums in her 40+ year artistic career. 


“I grew up working with my hands with varied exposure to many arts and artisan skills from family, neighbors, and other teachers. Many dolls benefited from this love of creating fabric items. Later puppets and stuffed animals took shape. My dad and uncle taught me to carve and work with wood. Next was pottery, bead work, and metal smithing. I designed my own jewelry, clothing, and decor. In my late 40’s I began painting and illustration of my own books and expanded once again. I learned welding, and I cut forms from steel sheets at SMCC while earning my degree in engineering/architecture. For two years I had stewardship of an art program for developmentally challenged adults at a local program working alongside Arts for All Maine in a juried show at the Portland Museum of Art as well as starting programs for visiting artists and art programs at night stressing community integration.”


It is this varied exposure to many arts and artisan skills that brings Butters’ to where she is today. Each step of her journey is a culmination of these art forms with a concentration on Fiber Arts, where it all began. The process of finding new meaning for something and helping to translate it into that vision is central to the work. “Be it humor, beauty or both, a piece grows and changes until it gains its finished form, sometimes surprising me with the outcome.”




— EXHIBITION

Boxes, Boxes, and more Boxes: a series of rose engine lathe turned vessels


by Christopher Joyce


— ON VIEW

September 1 – 29, 2023


A Deer Isle native and proud father, Chris Joyce is a self-taught wood turner whose wooden works combine captivating design with skilled craftsmanship. 


“Wood is the medium that has always held my fascination–ever since childhood when I would save scraps from my dad’s carpentry jobs to make little wooden boats. Now I spend whatever precious hours I can turning wood in my shop. The woods I use come from my backyard and the world all over. I love to find a new species and to learn all of its character through the process of creating a turned container. I hope the viewer of these works gets to experience a little of each piece of the wood’s unique nature.”


From self-made toy boats for the seashore to a high school shop program, Chris worked his way toward formal training under the instruction of his first mentor, Dennis Saindon. After graduation, he pursued an education in the electrical field while continuing his fascination with woodworking as a hobby. He discovered Fine Woodworking Magazine and became acquainted with the American Association of Woodturners. From this connection he received an opportunity to buy a Shopsmith lathe-based multi-tool, a critical instrument that came into play after he came across his first wood burl. Inspired by the things he was seeing in print, he began turning pieces of the burl into small objects. Soon thereafter, a friend inquired about selling some of his pieces in her small shop. “And Boom 40 years have slid by and I’ve made and sold literally thousands of small boxes, been in numerous exhibitions and have work in collections from Maine to Japan.”


Chris now focuses his practice on Rose Engine woodturning, a centuries old concept with a unique history and complex function. His pieces are first formed on a traditional lathe and switched to the Rose Engine to cut patterns and textures. This specialized machine is a geometric lathe that rocks and slides to create spirograph-like patterns on the surface, known as Guilloché, as the wood is turned. Fueled by the innovation of the machine itself, as well as the enthusiasm of fellow woodworkers who share his love for the Rose Engine, Chris finds no shortage of inspiration for his work. He is always eager to learn new materials and techniques with a primary motivation to explore the beauty and workability of wood.


— EXHIBITION

in TANDEM: an exploration of glass artistry and fabrication

by Terrill Waldman & Charlie Jenkins


— ON VIEW

 August 4 – 25, 2023


Terrill Waldman and Charlie Jenkins are the dynamic duo behind Tandem Glass, a saltbox barn on the shores of mid-coast Maine developing hand blown glass since 2006. In 2005 the pair developed the style they are still known for today, The Mosaic Line. In need of holiday gifts for the family, they utilized the excess by-product of scrap glass to create the recognizable series; Since the style’s inception, thousands of cups are created every year but each is unique and its own masterpiece. 


The duo spend their winters working from memory in Maine blowing glass and designing what will arrive come spring. In the summer, when the world is full of color they shut down the studio and shift gears. Charlie’s practice is a by-product of his fascination with clean forms and brilliant colors. A believer that glass is inherently beautiful, Charlie allows his work to do the talking for him, sharing the beauty in every fresh form. Primarily Inspired by botany and color, Terrill finds solace and inspiration on her walks through botanical gardens taking in the textures, colors and movements to amplify [or simplify] in her practice. Both committed to maintaining curiosity in their artistry, the two try fresh and exciting techniques all the time – lately, transforming off colors like pea green to make them rich and full of light. 


 Both of these artisans have over 30 years of experience with this beautiful and challenging medium; Their individual works have been shown nationally. In addition to their own glasswork and their in-tandem collaboration, they design and fabricate custom blown glass for artists and architects. You can visit Tandem Glass Gallery located in a 2000 square foot space in Dresden Mills, Maine to witness the glass blowing process first-hand. To explore this exhibit, an expansion on their classic brand as well as a series of their explorative work, you can visit Maine Craft Portland in the Arts District from August 4 – 25, 2023.

— EXHIBITION

PINCHED: a collection 

of hand built wares 

and works


— ON VIEW

 July 7 – 30, 2023

Ingrid Bathe forms all of her work by hand only, using porcelain clay. By mixing the porcelain from dry materials and adding paper fiber to increase green strength– she then uses a process of only pinching the clay to achieve the desired form and apply a thin layer of glaze on the inside. The outside of her pieces remain unglazed; The clay is fired to high temperatures, cone 10. It is vitrified, translucent and begins to flux so the unglazed portions of the piece have a slight sheen to them. By firing in reduction, Ingrid intentionally creates the white porcelain clay cool, bluish tint that is iconic in her work. All functional pieces are dishwasher and microwave safe.


Thoughtfulness is evident in the way Ingrid handles clay and necessary when viewing or handling her work. In her practice she skillfully employs basic, traditional methods of hand building to emphasize the scope of possibility within the medium. The methods she employs while constructing are integral to the final presentation of the work. “I want the process of creation to be visible to the viewer: when two pieces of clay are joined together I leave a seam line, each pinched mark is left intact so when looked at closely my fingerprints can be seen. By making objects out of a fragile and precious material, I expect the delicate nature of the work to provoke a heightened awareness and sensitivity on the part of the viewer.


Ingrid Bathe lives and works in midcoast Maine – a place of long, quiet, serene winters and bustling tourist filled short summers. For the past few years, she has been raising two children and started a small bakery business which runs throughout the Summer, while off season Ingrid is in the studio making pots throughout the winter and spring. “I have been working in clay for almost thirty years. For the past eighteen years, I have been working primarily with porcelain. I studied at Tufts University and Museum School of Fine Arts in Boston as an undergraduate and then went on to achieve my MFA at Ohio University in Athens. I have participated in Residencies and taught workshops at a variety of ceramic institutions throughout the country and internationally to include, Watershed Center for Ceramic Arts, Guldargergaard: the International Ceramic Research Center and Haystack Mountain School of Crafts.”


Throughout her career as a ceramic artist, Ingrid has exhibited and sold her work nationally at craft shows and Galleries – We are proud to be a provider of Ingrid Bathe’s incredible artwork in the heart of Portland, Maine. We invite you to explore this exhibition opening July 7th and closing July 30th, 2023.


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— EXHIBITION

Forging;

Flora and Fauna


— ON VIEW

 June 2 – 30, 2023


Danielle Gerber of DMG Designs creates modern metalwares and jewelry using traditional smithing techniques. “While studying at Maine College of Art, I took a metals class, fell in love with the practice, and never looked back.”


Now the artisan uses the techniques she learned and honed—including cold forging, raising, and chasing & repoussé—to craft pieces inspired by her surroundings in the Western Maine mountains. She harmonizes her love of natural patterns and forms, like water and plant life, into her practice; Whether it’s the feather pattern on her spoons, the flower-inspired forms of her jewelry, or the natural texture of her forged cocktail picks and stirrers, Danielle’s metal pieces are the perfect way to add organic details to your bar cart, table top, and even yourself.


The sculptures and homewares made are spurred from a love of forming metal and the natural patterns created through the movement of water. These sculptures and objects utilize traditional forms with natural textures that are created through traditional silversmithing techniques; a slow methodical process, much the same way water sculpts the earth. Through the work, Danielle is drawn closer to the natural world and invites viewers to explore their own connections.


Danielle handcrafts in sterling silver, gold, copper, and brass, all of which are available on her website and select stores nationwide. You can view Danielle’s range of work at Maine Craft Portland.


click here for exhibition page.