The 2005 Island Treasure Awards went to Jenny Andersen and David C. Korten.
Ceramic artist and arts educator Jenny Andersen is a Seattle native who has had a long involvement with the arts, first in drawing and painting and then, after taking classes with noted ceramic artist Patti Warishina, she focused her creative life on clay. Teaching has been an important part of her career, and she taught at the Bainbridge Park District for many years and served as an artist-in-residence in local schools. For the last three years, she has coordinated the annual “Empty Bowls Project,” working with Helpline House and school children to create ceramic bowls, as a reminder that there are always empty bowls in the world, while learning how to fight hunger. Jenny has worked primarily with raku, pit-firing, bonfiring, and other “primitive” firing techniques. Her work has been exhibited in individual, two-person and group shows throughout the northwest since 1989. She participated in her first “anagama” firing at the Santatsugama Kiln in Seabeck in 1999, and since then has been “consumed by high temperature wood firing.” Inspiration for her work comes largely from an interest in historical art, especially the ritual bronzes and ceramics of Asia.
David C. Korten
Writer and philosopher Dr. David C. Korten is an internationally known leader on issues of democracy. His varied experience includes a stint as a Harvard Business School professor, assignments with the Harvard Institute for International Development, the Ford Foundation and the U.S. Agency for International Development. He has lived in Ethiopia, Nicaragua, Indonesia, and the Philippines, facilitating the transformation of public agencies into responsive support systems dedicated to strengthening community control of natural resources. He has also worked with civil society organizations in an effort to build their capacity to function as strategic catalysts of change. He wrote When Corporations Rule the World to examine the economic policies that have deepened a global crisis. Realizing that what was needed was to advance alternative policies and strategies that could take the world in a more positive direction, in 1996 he joined with other colleagues — mostly Bainbridge residents — to found the Positive Futures Network (PFN) and YES! magazine. In 1998, he completed writing The Post-Corporate World: Life after Capitalism. Later work included Beyond Empire: The Step to Earth Community, examining the transition from a 5,000-year Era of Empire to a new Era of Earth Community struggling to be born.