Jennifer McCurdy by Jenny Clarkson


Jennifer McCurdy completed a BFA with honers at Michigan State University in 1978. In 1980 she completed her graduate work at Florida Atlantic University. Her work is wheel thrown and then altered in some way. She might carve into the work or incised it, in order to alter the wheel thrown work. McCurdy doesn’t keep with a size or shape. Each or her pieces are one of a kind. McCurdy works with porcelain because it has a beautiful surface and gets her inspiration from the world around her. She then fires it to cone 10 so that the porcelain becomes non-porous and translucent. By painting the inside with gold leaf it illuminates the interior of the work to show new curves and patterns.

This artist inspires me because of her use of use of the elements and principles of art. Just looking at the work the repetition, and movement of the work draws you in. Looking at the photos I want to reach out and touch the smooth surface and walk around it following the lines of the piece. To me the piece offers a tranquil feeling by the use of colors, cast shadows, negative space and balance. They instill a sense of calmness.

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