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Clay works celebrate artists' love affair with nature

AITKIN--A clever raven clutching a string of beads or a crow's wing sheltering an egg; a terra cotta vase that explores patterns made by erosion; or a triptych textured with a blush of color that evokes dusk or dawn on a rock face.

This sculpture titled “Aldo,” is made of raku clay and was created by Ken and Pat Larson. Their work will be on display at Ripple River Gallery near Bay Lake from June 6 through July 8, with a reception to meet the artists from 2-5 p.m. June 9.Submitted
This sculpture titled “Aldo,” is made of raku clay and was created by Ken and Pat Larson. Their work will be on display at Ripple River Gallery near Bay Lake from June 6 through July 8, with a reception to meet the artists from 2-5 p.m. June 9. Submitted

AITKIN-A clever raven clutching a string of beads or a crow's wing sheltering an egg; a terra cotta vase that explores patterns made by erosion; or a triptych textured with a blush of color that evokes dusk or dawn on a rock face.

Clay sculptors Ken and Pat Larson explore these endless possibilities with this medium to tell the story of the land and animals that surround their home in Sturgeon Lake, a news release stated. Ripple River Gallery near Bay Lake will feature sculpture by the Larsons June 6 through July 8, with a reception to meet the artists 2-5 p.m. June 9.

For more than 40 years, the Larsons have explored the properties of clay to create "sculptural representations that elicit an imaginative response." Pat Larson states, "Clay is a flexible medium. All the things you can do with it-roll, fold, paddle, add, subtract, texture, burnish-offer virtually endless possibilities. Combine that with the different firings of raku and terra cotta and you have a lot of room to explore."

Recipients of numerous awards, the Larsons work as a collaborative team to create their clay sculptures. Both artists began their work with clay at the University of Minnesota, Duluth, first creating functional stoneware and then over the years transitioning to sculptural work.

Pat Larson works mainly on handbuilding and low relief decoration, while Ken Larson's focus is on the main elements of a sculpture which may be either wheel-thrown and altered, or completely hand-built. Both work on design, passing ideas back and forth.

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Ken Larson states their artwork is about their lives, experiences and interests.

"It is a reflection of the wild land we live on as well as our backpacking experiences in the mountain and desert wilderness areas in the western United States," he stated.

An ongoing love affair with birds and other animals influences the Larsons' sculpture. Their focus on the land and its inhabitants has led to an exploration of the interaction between humans and the natural world.

"Virtually every piece we make has some kind of story behind it, which gives the finished work added meaning beyond the decorative aesthetic," Pat Larson stated.

Ripple River Gallery is open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday; and 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sundays. For more information call 218-678-2575 or email ripplerivergallery@gmail.com .

This sculpture titled “Erosion II,” is made of terracotta clay and was created by Ken and Pat Larson. Their work will be on display at Ripple River Gallery near Bay Lake from June 6 through July 8, with a reception to meet the artists from 2-5 p.m. June 9.Submitted
This sculpture titled “Erosion II,” is made of terracotta clay and was created by Ken and Pat Larson. Their work will be on display at Ripple River Gallery near Bay Lake from June 6 through July 8, with a reception to meet the artists from 2-5 p.m. June 9. Submitted

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