Ken Kazanjian, owner of the Westtown Station Gallery, continues to inspire with his high fire pottery pieces.
The Westtown Station Gallery is located in the original Pennsylvania Railroad Westtown Station (originally aka Street Road Station) located adjacent to Street Rd just west of its intersection with the Thornton/Westtown Rd. Originally built in 1859, the station had seriously deteriorated by the 1980s as traffic declined and SEPTA prepared to discontinue the line. It was boarded up and ready for demolition when Ken Kazanjian found it.
Having just returned to the area from the Peace Corps, he was looking for a new home and work space and arranged to rebuild the station. Trained at the Philadelphia College of Art, over the next few years he remodeled the building to include his living area, studio, and gallery space for his future business. Today the Westtown Station Gallery features the works of Ken Kazanjian and his wife, Shelley Shultis.
Ken specializes in high fire ceramics. Based on the ancient Asian process, it allows for very strong pieces in muted colors. He is not a dinnerware potter making complete settings; rather, each piece is a unique original design meant to be used.
Over the years, they have continued to develop the space. Today, Westtown Station is a "charming art studio and gallery featuring hand crafted art pottery. Also on display, a fine collection of primitive and tribal arts, plus bronze windbells, Indian blankets, Mayan hammocks, textiles, and blown glass." On the grounds, they have created a great Outdoor Sculpture Garden and a unique Train Underpass Gallery.
If you enjoy finely crafted art or are looking for a special gift, unique accent pieces, or outdoor sculpture, you need to stop by and take a look. You can enjoy the gallery, speak with Ken, or just take a stroll in the garden. The Westtown Station Gallery is open daily from 10-5 from May through November.
This is a great time of year to get out and enjoy all the area has to offer. As always, let me know should you have any questions.