Three Maine men — George Pearlman, Scott Tubby and Simon van der Ven — masters of pottery making, are showing at CRAFT, the new gallery in the 12 Elm St. courtyard. Each man has had a distinguished career in teaching and a background of study in visual arts. All reside in Maine, are close to each other in age and work full-time at pottery making. CRAFT is presenting the work of these fine artists together in a gallery setting.

Tubby of South Portland studied in Finland and with Native American potters Lucy Lewis and Blue Corn. He instructed in burnishing and saggar-firing at schools and art centers on the east coast and was ceramics professor at Heartwood College in Kennebunk. His work is in the permanent collection of the Museum of American Art, Smithsonian Institution and in numerous private collections in the United States, Japan and Europe.

Tubby produces simple, quiet, classical forms in porcelain that serve as a backdrop for what is happening on the surface of the pot. The technique he uses is called “naked raku” or slip resist, which produces black, gray and small crackle patterns on white porcelain after firing.  This is unique to each individual pot.

Now retired from teaching art at the Camden Hills Regional High School, van der Ven works full-time in his pottery studio in Lincolnville.  He has a background of study in printmaking from SUNY Potsdam; painting and criticism from Marchulz School in Aix en Provence, France; and an master of fine arts degree from MECA, where he received the prestigious Maine College of Art Award for Leadership in Art Education.

Working in both porcelain and stoneware, van der Ven thinks of his work in direct terms, constantly striving for elegance and perfection.

Pearlman is the more audacious and colorfully assertive of the three. Reaching out for new ways of making his art, he tries new glazes and techniques that result in work that is experimental and fun. He attended the Rhode Island School of Design and received an master of fine arts degree from Pennsylvania State University. He has had a teaching career in ceramics at Hope College in Michigan, the University of Maine in Augusta and Watershed Center. Now settled on the St. George peninsula where he built a studio and gallery, he devotes himself full-time to making pottery and mentoring an intern, as well. He has shown his work in the United States, Russia, Latvia and New Zealand.

For more information, call 594-0167 or visit craftonelm.com.

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by e-mail to dernest@villagesoup.com.