Local jeweler and sculptor Michael Good, known worldwide as a master of anticlastic raising and locally as a maker of gracefully curved earrings and necklaces, will give a talk on Dissipative Structures — Non-Definitive Forms Thursday, June 30 6:30 p.m. at the downtown Camden Public Library.

This exploration of anticlastic and syn-clastic movement in nature, its ramifications in sculpture and its scientific and philosophical implications is sponsored by the Camden Philosophical Society. It is free and open to the public and will include time for questions and discussion with Good, whose work involves using primarily the anticlastic principle to investigate the most direct and economical forms a plane will assume when its edges are stretched and its center compressed.

“Depending on the initial shape of the plane, and the degree of expansion and compression imposed upon it, there appears to be a natural sequential development of form that finds a certain parallel in nature,” Good said, adding he thinks the process serves as a metaphor for movement on all levels, both the physical and psychological.

Primarily self-taught as a jeweler and sculptor, Good was born in Pittsburgh, Pa., of Belgian parents and has lived in Maine since 1970. He has been a goldsmith and teacher since 1969 and has taught workshops for professional organizations, schools and universities in North America and Europe. His work is represented in stores, galleries and private collections in North America and Western Europe. His studio is located in a converted 100-year-old barn in Rockport.

In the past year, Good has given workshops in New York City at the 92nd Street Y; in San Francisco at the Revere Academy; in Massachusetts at Metal Werx; and for the Colorado Metalsmithing Association. In previous years he has taught workshops in England, Ireland, Puerto Rico; and at the Haystack Mountain School of Crafts in Deer Isle.

This is the third in a series of evening talks the Camden Philosophical Society is sponsoring at the Camden Public Library this spring and summer to be followed on July 23 by a full-day conference on Experimental Philosophy: Out of the Armchair — into the Lab, featuring well known experimental philosophy innovator Joshua Knobe of Yale; Thalia Wheatley, a professor of psychological and brain sciences at Dartmouth with a philosophical bent; and Dan Cohen, former chair of the Philosophy Department at Colby College. It will be at Camden’s St. Thomas Episcopal Church hall from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The philosophical society, formed in 2005, also holds a monthly reading and discussion group at the Camden Public Library from 4 to 6 p.m. on the fourth Thursday of each month. The June 23 session will involve a reading from “Experiments in Ethics” by Kwame Anthony Appiah. All these events are open to the general public. For more information, send email to info@philosophyedge.com.

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