Focus on Form and Design

Jacques Vesery
October 1-5

This course is for anyone familiar with the basics of wood turning who wants to explore aesthetics more deeply. With Jacques’ guidance, students learn to

  • First, “sketch in three dimensions” by turning multiple variations of favorite forms such as bowls and vases.
  • Second, refine their forms with the benefit of group discussion and critique, giving consideration to design elements such as scale, form, balance, and proportion.
  • Third, intensify the visual impact of their forms by integrating surface ornamentation such as texture, pattern, carving, and color, applied with power carvers, rotary tools, burners, and other methods.

Through practice and repetition, participants strengthen their creative voices by becoming more attuned to visual subtleties and their own aesthetic responses. 

Jacques Vesery is an artist/sculptor in Damariscotta, ME with an international reputation for texture and coloring techniques on turned forms.  He has taught and lectured on design in France, Italy, England, Canada, New Zealand, Australia, Turkey, Nepal and 29 US states. His work is in the permanent collections of the Detroit Institute of Arts and the Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh, PA, among others. The Maine Arts Commission awarded Jacques an Individual Artist Fellowship in 2000 and the Maine Crafts Association named him a “Master Craft Artist” in 2011. His website is

Open to intermediate turners.


Tuition: $785

Vesery 2018On a Celadon Wing by Jacques Vesery, cherry, ebony, acrylics, and gold leaf (5”dia.x2¼“), 2005Vesery leathery tea potHot Tea With a Tan by Jacques Vesery, cherry and acrylic paint (3½"x6¼"x5"), 2009