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find me at www.kencjudd.com .I'm a blue collar artist and craftsman who makes art wherever I go. I've always been drawn to using found objects and inexpensive, odd materials. I have made mixed media drawing, painting and sculptural creations since I was teenager. I most recently had gallery shows in Seattle at the Columbia City Gallery and a huge second floor installation of my work at the Broadway Market.

For many years, I made my living painting houses and creating gardens, but a hip replacement last year sent me back to my workbench, and to my history of magnet and jewelry-making and glass work. The items featured here are the result of that enforced creativity.

I live with my wife, a writer and performer (who helps me with all of this computer world activity), and our 6 year old Wonder Son in South Seattle…

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  • Male
  • Born on October 28
  • Joined November 19, 2010

Favorite materials

Wood, glass, screws, bolts, nuts, washers, copper, silver, steel, marine adhesives, driftwood, paintbrushes, yardsticks

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About

find me at www.kencjudd.com .I'm a blue collar artist and craftsman who makes art wherever I go. I've always been drawn to using found objects and inexpensive, odd materials. I have made mixed media drawing, painting and sculptural creations since I was teenager. I most recently had gallery shows in Seattle at the Columbia City Gallery and a huge second floor installation of my work at the Broadway Market.

For many years, I made my living painting houses and creating gardens, but a hip replacement last year sent me back to my workbench, and to my history of magnet and jewelry-making and glass work. The items featured here are the result of that enforced creativity.

I live with my wife, a writer and performer (who helps me with all of this computer world activity), and our 6 year old Wonder Son in South Seattle.

The History of the Robot Pioneers:
In 2009, I moved into a rental house. The previous owner was a handyman/do-it-yourselfer from the Depression era. He died several years ago, and the new owners (our landlords) took over and never cleared up his old collection of nuts, bolts, washers, old brake fluid cans, tools - all kinds of stuff that usually ends up in a landfill. They told me to use what I wanted - and when I saw all of his old nuts and bolts laid out next to my jewelry glass and magnet materials, the Robot Pioneers were born.

My Furniture Art was inspired by a chair left in our basement – a chair that had survived a fire in this house before we moved in. It was intact, the paint crackled and patterned in a beautiful way. I was called to work on it – I sanded it a bit, cleaned up some of the fire markings but kept a lot of the patterning, and then coated it with a durable exterior polyurethane. Working on that one chair led me to making all of the Furniture Art you see here – all pieces that were abandoned or bought cheaply at Goodwill, estate sales that I then re-created. I’d love to post that original chair – but it was the first piece I actually sold, this past fall at the Georgetown Farm & Flea Market.

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