Oak Harbor sculptor Jerry Pike shows how he creates one of the ravens for display at the Native Spirit Art Show May 22 and 23 during the Penn Cove Water Festival. Nathan Whalen/Whidbey News-Times

Whidbey Island artist Jerry Pike, calls himself a Ceramic Archeologist and says he “doesn’t look like an artist”.  Finding inspiration through the traditions and artifacts of the ancient civilizations of Columbian, African and Native American Jerry’s works come to him through a childhood experience and memory he’s carried with him all his life.  As a young boy, on a fishing trip with his father, Jerry found some artifacts on the river bank.  Excited and inspired, Jerry was thrilled at his findings and felt a pull to find out more about them.  Those findings brings that memory to his art today.

In this interview with Gwen, Jerry Pike takes us; from that first discovery of native artifacts on the banks of a river as a six year old, to being the full time Ceramic Archaeologist and the artist he is today.

Listen into Whidbey Chat re-airing of this interview, Thursday May 27th at 9am and Friday May 28th at 4pm – from your FM dial 96.9 in the Coupeville area or stream on your computer from www.kwparadio.org