Jeffrey Hanks | Steve Jensen
06/01/2017 - 06/25/2017
ARTISTS RECEPTION: Saturday, June 3, 2017 (5-8pm)

Jeffrey has worked with clay as a studio potter since the mid 1970s. He started out as an apprentice to a potter who was a student of Marguerite Wildenhain at the Pond Farm studio on the Russian River. He was taught Wildenhain’s methods and philosophy of form and functionality which he caries through in his work to the present day. He produces functional ware in reduction fired stoneware and porcelain, decorative pieces using the low temperature method of saggar firing and in the last ten years has been producing work in a wood fired Anagama kiln on Lopez Island. He has exhibited work at Gallery Cygnus in LaConner, Anchor Art Space in Anacortes, Smith & Vallee Gallery in Edison and Confluence Art Center in Twisp. He also had work selected for exhibit in the Art at the Port show Anacortes Arts Festival in 2011, 2014 and 2016.

Steve Jensen has been a working artist for over 30 years. Growing up on his father’s fishing boat, he comes from a long tradition of Norwegian fisherman and boat builders. Jensen’s accomplishments are many, his work has been collected by the Museum of Northwest Art, LaConner, WA; Morris Graves Museum of Art, Eureka, CA; Port Angeles Fine Arts Center, Port Angelas, WA, and Larkson Art Museum in Yakima, WA. In addition, he has over 30 outdoor public sculptures on display throughout the country. "For me the image of the boat is meant to symbolize a voyage or journey, perhaps it’s the voyage to the other side or the journey in to the unknown. I began the Voyager Series to help me deal with my own grief and loss, and with hope to provide relief for others dealing with their own sorrow. I made this work as personal as possible because death is such a sensitive subject for many people. I felt that by exposing myself, and my family, the viewers of this work might feel more at ease. Hopefully, for those who may be dealing with their own personal grief and loss, perhaps solace and insight can be found in this series." -Steve Jensen

 

Photos: (top) Jeffrey Hanks in his studio on Lopez Island (bottom) Steve Jensen in his Seattle studio next to 'Ghost Ship'

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