A maker’s vision takes shape

GOULDSBORO — Artisan Lab, a nonprofit organization that fosters personal growth through craftsmanship and technology, has been awarded a $10,000 grant to support its “Makeshops” in which participants will shape wood, metal and ceramic and fabricate related tools.

For nearly 50 years, Dan Weaver has produced a wide-ranging line of ceramics, from porcelain mugs to artisanal sinks, at Maine Kiln Works. The 8,000-square-foot facility is housed in West Gouldsboro village’s former general store building on Route 186.

In 2018, Weaver founded Artisan Lab as a year-round program and platform providing artists with the resources and vocational opportunities to explore. The $10,000 grant from Maine Community Foundation’s

Longtime ceramist Dan Weaver recently landed a $10,000 grant helping him to launch the Artisan Lab program at his West Gouldsboro studio. MAINE KILN WORKS PHOTO

Belvedere Traditional Handcrafts Fund will help further his vision.

“We are excited to share our space, tools and unique capacity with artisan enthusiasts,” Weaver said last week. “Encouraging the vocational aspirations of craftspeople is our goal.”

Artisan Lab is a community education resource that blends traditional handcraft skills, artisan engineering, process design and “10-finger thinking.”

Darron Collins, president of College of the Atlantic, sees Artisan Lab as a great, innovative resource for his students and faculty.

“COA students need the innovative placement options planned by Artisan Lab,” he said. “The college looks forward to exploring ways to support, collaborate and create mutual benefit when Artisan Lab programs are up and running.”

Beginning next spring, Artisan Lab will offer three levels of immersive programming: Artisan-Partner (12 to 24 months), Artisan-Resident (three to six months) and Artisan-Makeshop (three to 10 days).

It will serve all who understand and value “doing everything well for its own sake” (a definition of craftsmanship).

To learn more, contact Weaver at [email protected] and visit mainekilnworks.com.

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