Ken Jensen

Ken Jensen
 


        I was born Dec. 28 1951 in Minnesota but my family moved to Florida when I was very young. We lived in Cocoa where I went to high school and spent time surfing and building surfboards. I went to school at UF in Gainesville to study art and received a BFA degree in 1977.   I first made pottery as an apprentice to Bruce Green in 1973. I set up my own studio shortly after and had a store front in Micanopy in the 1980's.  With my wife Donna and my children, Jai and Rosemary, we moved to Summer Haven (south of St. Augustine) in 1993.   I have now been making pottery for over 40 years.  The wheel has always been my main tool and I learned fast. From my early work and throughout my career I have made functional stoneware. I like the hardness and durability of high fire and the connection with people when they use your mug every day.  But I found that I loved Raku firing with airbrushed underglazes, fast cooled crackle, and copper glazes. I've made a line of Raku landscape "art pots" for many years.  My latest pieces are musical sound making sculpture. I make horns that sound like bugles, fog horns, or conch shells and ocarinas that sound like whistles. The horns have become one of a kind sculpture pieces with titles.