Wesley James Blackburn
March 13th 1990- September 3rd, 2014
Jon Kevin Blackburn
Born: July 25, 1956, Newport Beach, CA.
Orange Coast College 1976-78
Univ. of Washington, Bachelor of Fine Arts, Ceramic Art, 1978-81
Univ. of California, Irvine. Teacher Education, 1984-85
Ford Foundation Scholarship
American Ceramic Society College Show: Award Winner, Design Division
Member Northwest Designer Craftsmen
1978- Group show, Orange Coast College, CA.
1978- American Ceramic Society College show, LA Valley College, Los Angeles, CA.
1981- “Salt of the Earth” Greenwood Gallery, Seattle WA.
1981- Bellevue Square Fine Arts show, Bellevue, WA
1998- Stanwood-Camano Arts Guild juried art show, Stanwood, WA.
1998- Everett Arts Center 11th annual juried art show, Everett, WA.
1998- "Sacred Places" Solo Show- Francis Anderson Arts Center, Edmonds, WA
1998- First Invitational show, Main Gallery, Studio Art, Everett, WA
2001- “Evidence of the Body” NWDC invitational Exhibition,
Washington State Convention Center, Seattle, WA.
2010- “Start with Art II” Meydenbauer Center, Bellevue, WA.
2018- “Off Center” International Ceramics Competition. Blue Line Arts, Roseville, CA.
2019- “Clay Matters” Epperson Gallery, Crockett, CA.
2019- “Arts at the Port” Anacortes Arts, Anacortes, WA.
2019- "NWDC" Allied Arts Center, Richland, WA
2020- "Three Dimensions" Blue Whole Gallery, Sequim, WA.
2020-" Imagery and Illustration" Clay Center of New Orleans "NOLA" New Orleans, LA.
2020- "Currents 2020" National Craft Exhibition and Symposium, Shack Art center, Everett, WA.
2020- "Artist's Vision" Marin county society of artists, San Rafael, CA.
2022- T Bailey Corporate Award, "Art at the Port, Anacortes, WA.
Honors and Awards:
1978- Design division award, American Ceramic Society, LA Valley College
1981- Ford Foundation Scholarship Award, Seattle, WA.
1981- Purchase prize award, Bellevue art show. Bellevue, WA.
1998- Honorable mention, Everett Arts council, Everett, WA.
1998- Merit award, Frontier Bank
2020- Honorable mention. Artist's Vision, San Rafael, CA
Past Gallery Affliations:
Childhoods End Gallery
Northwest Crafts Center
Blogpost from ICCFA 2016: http://agoodgoodbye.com/tools-of-the-trade/handcrafted-cremation-urns-from-earthhandsfire/
The first urns I started working on were a direct result of the death of my father in 1996. His passing and cremation got me thinking about precious vessels and cermonial urns, the type that could be used for cremated remains. The first urns were large and temple-like. Some had wood and clay "temple houses" for the urn to sit in. I wanted the urns to have an aged, ancient look or feeling, including a sense of the spirtual or mystical. Others were supported on legs of clay molded into organic shapes such as bones, wood carvings, carved bone and antlers. These pieces had wooden lids that were covered with gold leaf and could be fastened down with wing type wood flaps, sealing whatever precious contents were inside. I have simplified my approach and now incorporate a simple leather attachment system to hold the lids in place and the contents secure. I hope you take the time to browse through the variety of urns I am offering and find that special one for your beloved.
Jon Kevin Blackburn
Dedicated to the memory of Wesley Blackburn, our beautiful son and brother, who left us unexpectedly on September 3, 2014, at the young age of twenty-four. A wonderful soul with a true and searching heart. Forever loved and remembered.
Camera credit: Wes Blackburn