(1928-2004) Ferguson attended Carnegie Institute of Technology and later Alfred University's College of Ceramics, earning his M.F.A. in 1958. The specific influence of Charles Harder at Alfred made a sizeable impact on the direction of Ferguson's pottery.
Ferguson served for six years as director and resident potter at the Archie Bray Foundation in Helena, Montana. In 1964 he moved to the Kansas City Art Institute where he set up their ceramics department, teaching there until 1996.
John Perreault characterized the development of Ferguson's aesthetic as "restrained and quite elegant pottery to more overt self-expression to the animal tales. His work progressed from functional to sculptural expression."