Zeke Redick, the potter
Ken was introduced to clay as a college senior studying for his English Orals in 1972. His professor, Bob Engle had just returned from a sabbatical in Japan. The mesmerizing effect of watching skilled potter's hands gracefully throw small tea cups "off the hump” was life changing. A student of Bernard Leach, Bob Engle stressed form, form and form. Following an internship in Danvers, MA, Ken, known then as Zeke, bought land in middle Tennessee and began establishing himself as a potter. He spent the next 30 years developing his unique ‘form and function’ techniques. An admirer of American clay artists like Peter Voulkos, Warren MacKenzie and Ellen Shankin, Zeke has been inspired to create his own signature style. He became a juried member of the Foothills Craft Guild, the Kentucky Crafts Guild and the Southern Highland Guild.
He and his wife Jeanie sold their work at galleries and art shows in Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee, North Carolina, Georgia and Florida. They opened their own gallery, One Mountain Gallery in Cookeville, TN in 1984 to show-case the work of Tennessee artisans. Their production studio in Whitleyville, TN at one time had four interns, three in the studio and one in the gallery.
A back injury forced Ken to go from full time production potter to part time. A father with five children he sought a new career in Roanoke, Virginia in the Blue Ridge Mountains helping people in the transformation process of their lives, working in the substance abuse and employee assistance fields. He always maintained a clay studio, a garden and a remodeling project to keep his hands and the creative process alive. He retired from health care in 2014 and moved to the Wilmington, NC beach area. When not in his studio, you will find Ken in his garden, tending to his succulent plants and vegetables.