Ken Ferguson (1928 - 2004) received an M.F.A. in 1954 from Alfred University, and went on to become one of the most influential teachers and artists in his field of pottery. From 1964 until 1996, when he was named Professor Emeritus, Ferguson was Head of the Ceramics Department at the Kansas City Art Institute. His work has been included in solo shows at the Garth Clark Gallery in New York and the Frank Lloyd Gallery in California and can be found in prominent museum collections such as Charles A. Wustum Museum of Fine Arts (Racine, Wisconsin), Los Angeles County Museum of Art (California), Museum of Arts and Design (New York), and the Victoria and Albert Museum (London). With such a magnificent career, it is fitting that in 1981 he was named one of the 12 greatest living potters by Ceramics Monthly Magazine and has been a professor to such legendary ceramic artists as Kurt Weiser, Chris Gustin, Akio Takamori, Richard Notkin, and others.