Kenneth Ferguson • American: 1928-2004
Tripod Teapot with Hares C: 2000 • Stoneware with Chrome Slip 17 1/2” x 13”
Once upon a time, an Indiana farm boy was raised by no-nonsense factory workers whose bucolic family farm had become family history. He was a hard-worker, like his parents, and ended up in the Korean War where he was fascinated by the exotic beauty of Japan. Upon returning home, obsessed with Asian pottery, he became a student at the famed Alfred University Ceramics Institute. He was tightly wound and started every workday with a list of ceramics pieces to make that day. He moved mechanically through the day, checking off each piece as he finished it. His work was precise, elegant, symmetric and perfectly thrown.
He was not a happy man.
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