Jeffrey Lloyd Dever
Jeffrey Lloyd Dever holds a BS degree in Fine Art from Atlantic Union College, 1976. He is founding partner and creative director of Dever Designs in Laurel, MD. He served on the contract/adjunct faculty of Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, Maryland for 20 years, where he taught Illustration and Graphic Design. Sought after as an instructor, he has taught classes across North America and in Europe. He enjoys sharing his pioneering techniques with others as often as his schedule allows. Mr. Dever's polymer clay vessels, jewelry and sculptural objects have been shown in many national invitational exhibitions, and his works are represented in numerous private collections, galleries and museums.
From the early days of my childhood, the hills and orchards, streams and woodlands of my small New England home infused my aesthetics with a visual vocabulary of color, pattern, texture, and form. All my work, whether jewelry, baskets, vessels or sculpture, are an homage to that natural wonderland of my youth. I see my artistic journey as a dialogue, a never-ending conversation with my creator. Each piece is born through a series of sketches that mature into sculptural forms through repeated cycles of fabrication, layering, and oven curing. An individual piece can easily go through dozens of such cycles and take weeks or months to complete. The addition of tinkered wire basketry has only broadened the lexicon of possibilities to explore. While my work is laborious and often tedious, at times the process is almost contemplative.