Adam and Eve
Wood fired stoneware; ht. 4.25, dia. 22.5 in.
Adam and Eve are alive and well - living in Zahah, Kansas incised on rim
Artist signature 1984 K.F. incised on rim.
Ferguson studied at various art institutions, receiving his MFA from Alfred University in 1954. From 1964 on he was he was head of the ceramics department at Kansas City Art Institute, where in 1996, his year of 'retirement', he became professor emeritus in ceramics. In 1981 he was voted one of the 12 greatest living potters in a readers survey by Ceramics Monthly magazine. As a professor, his students include many successful artists including Chris Gustin, Richard Notkin, Akio Takamori, Cary Esser and Kurt Weiser to name but a few. This success can be attributed to Ferguson's teaching philosophy, which was to give every student whatever he or she needed to become a successful artist while at the same time encouraging them to develop their own styles. Ferguson worked in high-fired stoneware and also experimented with salt-glazing. Despite his retirement, Ferguson continued to give workshops and demonstrations across the US. This particular piece, which is wood-fired, is an excellent example of Ferguson at his best. His classic "Adam and Eve" Platter with snake included is a forthright nod to the classical ceramics of the 18th century.
drilled for hanging wire.