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by rs Tim See Dragon WELLS Pottery Though you'd never guess it from the breadth and depth of his work, Tim See didn't find steampunk; it found him. See recalls an interaction at a craft show several years ago: "Someone said, 'you know, that kind of looks like steampunk.' And I said, 'What's steampunk?'" A ceramic artist for now over 11 years, See practices many different approaches, including raku, wood firing, porcelain and redware, appreciating unique aspects of each style. Most of his time in his studio is spent learning new methods and tweaking old ones. He's a very dedicated artisan. "This is all I do; I don't have that many friends; I don't watch TV that much; I don't play video games; I don't go to the movies; I just do clay," See said. And his dedication and unique ideas have worked out well for him: According to See, he sells just about everything he makes. Last year, his steampunk work was accepted into the Smithsonian Craft Show, a prestigious juried exhibition held annually in Washington, D.C. Early in his career, when he was still a student, See made a lot of vases. He then began cutting up the vases and reassembling them as pourers and cream and sugar sets for class assignments. See's first steampunk pieces were the result of his desire to shift away from tea sets and "make something more masculine." After that craft show encounter, See began to do research and to find ways to make his "steampunk" pieces more complex. "Steampunk stuff for me has to go back to an earlier era; it needs to reference or reflect some kind of nostalgic vibe... to have roots in a previous time," said See. 5

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