Two Generations | Ken and Galen Sedberry
June 19 – July 24, 2021
Two Generations showcases the unique art created by artists Ken and Galen Sedberry. The work of this father and son duo involves the detailed craft of wood firing. Galen and Ken have shared physical spaces of studio, kiln, booth space, as well as shared aesthetic space where ideas are translated into pots. This father and son team aspires to highlight how these shared spaces deliver work that is both parallel and divergent.
Ken has been working in clay for thirty-one years and has focused on achieving vibrant colors at stoneware temperatures. With the development of chambered climbing kilns came decorative stoneware and porcelain. “Much of my work comes out of this tradition,” says Ken. He uses various resist techniques to contrast glazes in both color and texture. He has been working on a new body of work – animal sculptures, thrown and altered. “The idea of lifting the images off of the pots and into three dimensions has been gestating for a long time. Layering slips and glazes that crackle and move and firing them in a wood kiln has led to an exciting new direction.”
Galen Sedberry says, “Growing up as the son of a potter and using almost exclusively handmade pots for meals, I am keenly aware of the gravity of holding and using handmade objects. Their weight, balance, and texture are individual and unique, becoming over time as comforting as holding the hand of someone you love.” Galen’s training began as a child just through spending time in his father’s studio.
Two Generations will open to the public for viewing at Toe River Arts, 269 Oak Ave, Spruce Pine during normal operating hours, Tuesday – Saturday 10:30 AM – 5 PM.