The Island Gallery
ken lundemo

Ken Lundemo is a native of Washington State, born in Tacoma in 1931 and raised in the Puget Sound region. His home and studio are located on twenty acres of woodlands where he also has an anagama wood fired kiln. This kiln is an important meeting place for potters in the Northwest who are working in wood fired ceramics.

Ken first studied art with Harrison Blass at Olympic College in 1949-50 and returned to study there on the GI Bill in 1955 after four years in the Navy. He studied commercial and fine art, attending evening classes while working as a lineman and cable splicer for Pacific NW Bell. Ken later took classes in ceramics and bronze casting at Olympic College, receiving an Associate of Arts degree.

Ken works with wood, stone, metals, plastics, glass, found objects and ceramics. Sculpture is his primary focus and wood fired pottery his second love. Kenís recent work has been in wood, stone, bronze and clay. He was commissioned to do the first sculpture purchased by the Washington State Arts Commission for its percent for art in public places program in 1975. The sculpture was a steel Viking longship for the Poulsbo Elementary School in Poulsbo, Washington. Kenís work is represented in many private and corporate collections and he has won numerous awards.

I have drawn inspiration from nature and our beautifully diverse countryside here in the Puget Sound area, exploiting native materials as well as exotic and imported wood and stone. The human figure and wildlife provide many avenues for exploration and abstraction. The female form has been a favorite and Iíve done drawing and sculpture on the subject for fifty years.

Wood fired stoneware and porcelain pottery and sculpture has preoccupied me since building an anagama kiln a few years ago. Squeezing in some stone or woodcarving has been a challenge. Printmaking has been on hold too, but maybe this winter Iíll get some time for it.


May 2 Ė 31, 2008. Beasts of the Kiln : Woodfired Ceramic Critters. The Island Gallery features the work of Eva Funderburgh and Ken Lundemo.
(see press release.)