Fuller Craft Museum is proud to present our recent acquisition Blue Hill Boy by Massachusetts artist Leslie Sills. Sills is an accomplished ceramicist, children’s book author and illustrator, multi-media artist, and educator. She grew up in the seaside town of Sea Girt, New Jersey.
In college, Sills took a ceramics course and fell in love with working in clay. Blue Hill Boy is a strong example of Sills’ figurative ceramic work that conveys a sense of nostalgia and evokes the simple joys of childhood. The inspiration for the work was a young boy that Sills encountered in Blue Hill, Maine.
In the artist’s own words:
I had rented a house next door to where he lived. I saw a duck family waddling in my back yard and ran outside and around the back to get a closer look. When I turned the corner of the house, [the boy] was holding the biggest duck, in the same manner that I sculpted them. Being a city girl, I was so shocked. He told me it was his pet but I had never heard of a pet duck! I asked him if I could take his picture and when I got home, I couldn’t get the image out of my mind.