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Includes listed local artist Ken Shores (1928-2014) signed half-glazed and ruffled studio pottery dish (5.5" x 6") and 2010 Museum of Contemporary Craft "Ken Shores: Clay has the Last Word" book.

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An Oregon artist born in Lebanon Or. Ken earned his MFA with honors in 1957 from the university of Oregon.

Upon graduation Ken became an artist in residence at the Oregon Ceramic Studio from 1957 to 1964. From 1965 to 1968 Ken served as the director of the Contemporary Crafts Gallery (renamed the Museum of Contemporary Craft, the oldest (1909) continuously running craft museum on the west coast which closed amid controversy in 2016).

From 1968 to 1995 Ken established and built the art departments new ceramics department at Lewis and Clark College and served as the chairman for the art department for 9 years.

Ken Shores is historically significant as a major player in the American arts and crafts movement in the 1950’s by helping to elevate pottery from a functional level to that of a fine art. In 1980 Ken Shores was elected lifetime trustee emeritus to the national board, American Craft Council, New York, NY.

Ken maintained his studio practice after retirement and continued to show his work locally at the Fountain Gallery (now Russo/Lee) and the Pulliam/Deffenbaugh gallery both in Portland Oregon and the Foster/White gallery in Seattle Washington.

Ken’s work is represented in the Portland Art Museum, Seattle Art Museum, Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C. and numerous corporate and private collections throughout the United States.

Ken Shores was an active contributor to the art scene in Portland as a creator, collector and mentor.