The Island Gallery


The Island Gallery
100-106 Madison Avenue N,
Bainbridge Island, WA. 98110
Tel. 206-780-9500,
Contact Susan Swannack-Nunn, Owner

April 18, 2008. For immediate release.

Beasts of the Kiln : Woodfired Ceramic Critters

Artists' Reception: First Friday, May 2, 2008, 6-8 p.m.

Location: The Island Gallery, 100-106 Madison Avenue N., Bainbridge Island, Washington 98110

Show Run: May 2 – 31, 2008

Artists: Eva Funderburgh & Ken Lundemo

Also Featuring: "The Daily Drawings." Greg MacDonald.

(Left: “Flame,” wood fired ceramic. Eva Funderburgh)

Eva Funderburgh was born in Seattle, Washington, but raised in Manhattan, Kansas. The daughter of two microbiologists, she grew up with not only a love for nature and form, but a curiosity as to the working of things. After moving to Pittsburgh with her family she did ceramic work at the Manchester Craftsman Guild and the Pennsylvania Governor School for the Arts, later pursuing a Bachelor of Science and Art at Carnegie Mellon University. Eva spent the first half of her junior year studying at Nagoya Zokei University of Art and Design in Nagoya, Japan, after which she began to focus more on ceramics sculpture. In the summer of 2004, she worked with Dale Huffman, a Pittsburgh wood fire potter. Eva now lives in Seattle and works with Port Orchard wood fire ceramic artist Steve Sauer, among others.

A native of Washington State, Ken Lundemo was born in Tacoma in 1931. Ken first studied art with Harrison Blass at Olympic College in 1949-50 and returned to study there 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’s recent work has been in wood, stone, bronze and clay. His main focus has been sculpture in a wide range of methods, materials and scale along with raku and more recently wood-fired pottery. Ken’s work is represented in many private and corporate collections and he has won numerous awards. He was commissioned to do the first sculpture purchased by the Washington State Arts Commission under its percent for art in public places program in 1975, a steel Viking longship for the Poulsbo Elementary School in Poulsbo, Washington. His home and studio are located on twenty acres of woodlands in Seabeck, Washington, where he has built an 18-foot-long anagama wood fire kiln. This kiln is an important meeting place for wood fire potters in the Northwest.

Greg MacDonald is a teacher at West Sound Academy, where he teaches drawing, film/video, photography, and digital art making. After 25-plus years spent as an illustrator and graphic designer he feels that he learns the most through drawing, and believes he teaches the most in the lowest tech art class – drawing.

“The Daily Drawings”, in Greg’s own words: These drawings are part of a daily habit that I started back in the early seventies. . .They are all done in spiral bound, blank books. Usually they are simple pen work. Early on, I used technical pens but pen technology now gives me cheap and simple fine line pens as an alternative to the clog-prone rapidographs. Several years ago I started using walnut ink, a bamboo pen and a brush to wash the ink. Recently the black pen has returned – sometimes in combination with the walnut ink. My approach is to keep the process simple, not have preconceived ideas, put every line down with great care even if I don't know where it is going. . . Even after all these years the little voices inevitably chime in, "This one is really no good," and "Why are you wasting your time?" The thrill is when you can dismiss the voices because something interesting and unexpected has emerged.