Featured Objects

Leslie Sills, <strong>Blue Hill Boy</strong>, 2011, 12.5” x 13” x 11”, white clay, oil paint, glaze.

Leslie Sills, Blue Hill Boy, 2011, 12.5” x 13” x 11”, white clay, oil paint, glaze.

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.

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