Taupe Gallery proudly presents the work of Ken Sedberry in the Gallery. Come in and admire his impressive work in real life.
One of the most critical choices in his life was to leave the urban arena of Washington, D.C., 36 years ago and move to the mountains of Western North Carolina.
There seems to be a certain rightness in the mountains. There are larger rhythms. The trees and mountains shrink you right down. He feels like he's less serious about clay than he's have ever been. Other priorities such as family, friends and neighbors, running and soccer, take him away from the clay and yet seem to allow him to accomplish more with it.
Several years ago Ken & his wife, Connie and his two sons, Noah and Galen, spent quite a bit of time backpacking in Central America. The colors and imagery of the rainforests, the tropical flowers and the coral reefs of the Caribbean have greatly influenced his work. The colors on the surface of many of my pots, sinks and sculpture are anything but subdued! The work seems to bring smiles to people’s lives, and that happiness is returned to his family and himself in tenfold!
He chose, a long time ago, to finish most of his work in the wood burning kiln. This process is more common in Eastern pottery tradition than Western. Unlike firing in a gas or electric kiln, firing in a wood kiln is a process that demands constant attention. It requires gradually bringing the heat to approximately 2300 degrees.
His goal has been to achieve color in wood firing - colors which combine with the conventional wood firing hues to create surfaces not unlike those found in nature’s wildest fauna, flora and oceans!