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Arrowmont Craft Conversations: Jacques Vesery, Woodturner and Sculptor

ARROWMONT CRAFT CONVERSATIONS is a video series highlighting artists in the Arrowmont community. Each of the artists in this series offers insights into their work and their reflections on being a part of the Arrowmont community.

Today, we feature Jacques Vesery – a master woodturner and sculptor for over 25 years. He is known for his highly detailed and colorful pieces, which are often mistaken for pottery or stone due to their intricate surface design. He said, “I like to say I’m creating the illusion of reality. Until you pick up [one of my pieces], maybe you don’t know what it is [made from].” Jacques is renowned for his international collaborations and workshops across the US and abroad. When he teaches Master Woodturning classes at Arrowmont, however, he likes to focus not on intricate finishes, but on the basics of design, form and repetition. Jacques describes his work and discusses his favorite Arrowmont workshop to teach in the following video. Click the image below or visit https://youtu.be/Esuzb_hhrMk to watch.

“My connection to Arrowmont goes back to 2003. I enjoy coming to Arrowmont for several reasons – the facilities are really good, we draw in some great students – who really are eager to learn, and I think that all and all a good learning experience.

As I was teaching – let’s say, from the first time I was teaching at Arrowmont until today – there was a big switch in what I wanted to teach. I’m going to teach them how to make better shapes and forms. What I try to convey…is that you need to practice. You need to have repetition. You need to build up muscle memory. Every one you make is going to be better.

When you make one, it’s mediocre at best. When you make ten, it’s going to be even better. When you make 100, it’s going to be great – because you get better every time. Even in a Master class.”

“I don’t tell my students what I see. I let them tell everyone what they see. This is the type of class I like to teach the most, because it’s such important information. You’re sketching in 3D!”

Jacques VeseryJacques Vesery is an artist/sculptor from Damariscotta, Maine. He is a former Maine Arts Commission Fellow and received the title of Master Craft Artist from the Maine Crafts Association in 2011. He has lectured at the Journees Mondiales du Tournage D’art Sur Bois Congres, Loughborough University, London, Anderson Ranch, Aha Hana Lima-Hawaii and at World Wood Day in Turkey. Vesery’s work is in numerous public and private collections including the Detroit Institute of Art, Yale University Art Gallery, Peabody-Essex Museum and The Carnegie Museum. jacquesvesery.com

See more Arrowmont Craft Conversations at https://www.arrowmont.org/craft-conversations/#ACC_Videos.

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