Artist visit – ceramist Jennifer McCurdy
Notable ceramist Jennifer McCurdy will visit PCA&D on Monday, November 5 for an Artist Talk at 2 p.m. and a public reception at 5:30 p.m. Her intricate porcelain sculptures are in the permanent collections of The Smithsonian’s Renwick Gallery, Washington DC, The Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA, and the Lancaster Museum of Art, Lancaster, PA, and many other renown museums.
McCurdy says, “Living on Martha’s Vineyard, island time, especially in the winter, seems to conform to nature’s cycles. As a potter, I strive to make my work reflect the balance of life around me. It is important that the patterns I see around me are integrated into my forms. I use a translucent porcelain body because it has a beautiful surface, and it conveys the qualities of light and shadow that I wish to express. After throwing my vessel on the potter’s wheel, I alter the form to set up a movement of soft shadow. When the porcelain is leather hard, I carve patterns to add energy and counterpoint. I fire my work to cone 10, where the porcelain becomes non-porous and translucent.”
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