Ken Ferguson: Talking with the Wheel
Kenneth Richard Ferguson (1928–2004) was simply a great American potter. He received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in painting from the Carnegie Institute of Technology in 1952, and an Masters of Fine Arts degree in ceramics from New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University in 1958. From 1958 to 1964, he managed the Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts in Helena, Montana. From 1964 to 1996, Ferguson was Head of the Ceramics Department at the Kansas City Art Institute. His students included Chris Gustin, Richard T. Notkin, Akio Takamori, and Kurt Weiser.
Ferguson is best known for his stoneware incorporating sculptures of hares, in which the hares formed a handle for the vessel or laid around the form's mouth, or were simply added as decorative adornments. Public collections holding work by Ferguson include the Brooklyn Museum, the Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh, Racine Art Museum, the Everson Museum of Art, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), the Museum of Arts and Design, the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, the Newark Museum, the Saint Louis Art Museum, the Victoria and Albert Museum, Honolulu Museum of Art, and others.
Contributors such as Garth Clark, John Perreault, Ted Rowland, Peter von Ziegesar, and Ken Ferguson himself provide pages of wonderful reading that is sure to inspire any artist. This book is fully illustrated and includes a box.
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