Ken and Pat Larson
We’ve worked together since 1975, as a collaborative team since the mid 1980’s. Our collaboration involves no assistants and no set pattern for the interplay. Each of us works on what we are best at for every piece.
For 37 years our art medium has been clay. The last 10 years we’ve worked as sculptors. Clay is such a flexible medium. All the things you can do with it—fold, paddle, add, subtract, texture, burnish, sandblast, plus our different firing processes of raku, terra cotta, and low temperature salt saggar—offer virtually endless possibilities.
The art is about our lives in the context of our interests and experiences. We live on 80 acres of wild land and share it with the local wild animal population. We prefer to spend vacations backpacking in mountain wilderness areas in Wyoming or canyons in Utah. We have a large vegetable garden and freeze or can much of the produce. Basically, we try to live close to and in sync with the earth and seasons. We’ve worked with bird, animal, and other natural imagery in one way or another since 1977 and are still fascinated with it and discovering new insights with almost every new piece. Our more abstract work is inspired by both natural and man made elements and monuments. Most major pieces combine both natural imagery with abstract form or concept so each aspect is equally important and interdependent in the story told by the finished work.