Dark Woods

Tim Christensen

Environmental Sgrafitto Art by Tim Christensen Contemporary Nature Inspired Ceramics Midcoast Maine Artisan Store The Good Supply Pemaquid Made in USA
  • Environmental Sgrafitto Art by Tim Christensen Contemporary Nature Inspired Ceramics Midcoast Maine Artisan Store The Good Supply Pemaquid Made in USA
  • Environmental Sgrafitto Art by Tim Christensen Contemporary Nature Inspired Ceramics Midcoast Maine Artisan Store The Good Supply Pemaquid Made in USA
  • Environmental Sgrafitto Art by Tim Christensen Contemporary Nature Inspired Ceramics Midcoast Maine Artisan Store The Good Supply Pemaquid Made in USA
  • Environmental Sgrafitto Art by Tim Christensen Contemporary Nature Inspired Ceramics Midcoast Maine Artisan Store The Good Supply Pemaquid Made in USA
  • Environmental Sgrafitto Art by Tim Christensen Contemporary Nature Inspired Ceramics Midcoast Maine Artisan Store The Good Supply Pemaquid Made in USA
  • Environmental Sgrafitto Art by Tim Christensen Contemporary Nature Inspired Ceramics Midcoast Maine Artisan Store The Good Supply Pemaquid Made in USA
  • $3,400.00

“This is the forest primeval.” Longfellow wrote of hemlocks and pines, moss covered and rich with ancient knowledge. As we walk among them, the light filtered through towering conifers can play tricks on the eye. With so much to see it can be easy to miss what’s right before us.

Dark Woods brings the forest home to the viewer. The moments we often cannot see, hidden by the creatures that call the woods home. A bobcat slinking through the brush as a Fisher cat pops her head out of her den to stalk a porcupine. Trumpet and puffball mushrooms sprout through the damp earth as a snapping turtle lumbers towards a salmon stream. Winterberries, ferns and Jack In the Pulpit wind up the five part tower. Each section is its own world with new elements to discover.

- Measures 13.75" x 5.5" 
- Wood fired porcelain 
- Stacking vessels, 5 total with lid
- Every surface includes unique design

Ceramic artist Tim Christensen divides his time between Portland and Downeast Maine. At his off-grid studio Tim finds inspiration for his porcelain pieces. Schools of herring, flocks of chattering songbirds, and all matter of sea life are skillfully carved on the surfaces of his hand-thrown and constructed forms.

Tim began working in clay in 1999, and he has been etching his black and white pieces since 2004. Using the centuries-old decorative technique of Sgraffito, Tim carves intricate worlds teeming with life and energy. Firing much of his work at Watershed Center for Ceramic Art in Newcastle, Maine, Tim finds that the collaborative Midcoast institution's salt- and wood-fire kilns add variety and allow for the possibility of happy accidents, which are common in the ceramic world and offer welcome play on the artist's meticulous carvings.

Tim has shown his work around the world and recently completed his first book. Written with co-author Carri Lange, “Reflect, Adapt, and Persevere” he tells of his travels and thoughts on environmental philosophy.

Artist Statement

"My work is about the ever-changing web of relationships that surround us. Individuals make contact to create relationships, relationships collide to create systems. These systems change over time in response to the other systems around them. I envision my world as an infinite collection of active counterparts, individuals symbiotically wriggling and moving and jostling for space and resources.

In this sea of systems, of relationships, I sit and try to untangle it, sit and try to communicate what I see changing, being created, or disappearing into the past.

This is why I work in our most durable medium, porcelain, and in our longest unbroken historical record, pottery. My work, functional in the information I convey, will be understandable to anyone with an eyeball and the ability to think abstractly.

My goal is to make work which still speaks clearly in 10,000 years, and more importantly, to convey the complexity and richness of the world in which I am most fortunate to live."

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