Jennifer McCurdy

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"The Porcelain Sorceress" Featured in Vineyard Style Magazine", LG News Link


Jennifer McCurdy • Profile

Ceramic artist Jennifer McCurdy is loves dealing with porcelain. She has been working with porcelain for over twenty five years. For the last few years, she has been working with structural questions. How thin can the high fire porcelain be before it collapses in the fire? How much can it be cut away and still maintain structural integrity? How can the structural form be integrated with the visual, as in nature? How can the movement of the potter’s wheel and the fire of the kiln be reflected in the finished piece, which is rock-hard and permanent? Those are the questions that guide the Ceramic artist.


Jennifer McCurdy • Statement

Philosophy: Why do I do what I do?

Andre Gide said, “Pay attention to the form only. Emotion will come spontaneously. A perfect dwelling always finds an inhabitant.”

Indeed, emotion fills me when I see all the perfect forms in nature, everywhere I look, from the cracked conch shell on the beach revealing its perfect spiral, to the milkweed pod cracked open in the field, its brilliant airborne seeds streaming into the sunlight. The ordered symmetry and asymmetry of nature’s forms reveal the growth of life, the movement of life.

I live on the island of Martha’s Vineyard, and 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 to me that the patterns are integrated into my forms, as I see around me.
I use a translucent porcelain body because it has a beautiful surface, and it can convey the qualities of light and shadow that I wish to express. After I throw 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, and one of the hardest surfaces known to man.

I use a white stoneware clay to explore larger forms.  I call these forms my warrior vessels because they take a lot of energy, and I hope they express it back.  I glaze them with microcrystalline glazes and fire them to cone 10.


Jennifer McCurdy • Biography

EDUCATION

1980 
Graduate Study, Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, Florida

1978 
Bachelor of Fine Arts with Honors, Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS

2016
"sELECTED Works", LaFontsee Galleries, Grand Rapids, Michigan

"Toast", LaFontsee Galleries, Douglas, Michigan

"Everyone in the Pool", LaFontsee Galleries, Douglas, Michigan

"Collective Alchemy", LaFontsee Galleries, Grand Rapids, Michigan

2015
"Let's Get Started", LaFontsee Galleries, Grand Rapids, Michigan

"Everyone in The Pool", LaFontsee Galleries, Douglas, Michigan

“Lookie Here”, LaFontsee Galleries, Grand Rapids, Michigan

2014
“Annual Fall Celebration”, LaFontsee Galleries, Grand Rapids, Michigan

“Modern Twist”, LaFontsee Galleries, Douglas, Michigan

“Hop Skip & a Jump”, LaFontsee Galleries, Douglas, Michigan

2012               
“25 Year Gala”, LaFontsee Galleries, Grand Rapids, Michigan
                       
“Fresh Squeezed and Locally Grown”, LaFontsee Galleries, Douglas, Michigan
                       
“Act II”, LaFontsee Galleries, Douglas, Michigan

2011                
“Come Out and Play”, LaFontsee Galleries, Grand Rapids, Michigan
                       
“Opening Celebration”, LaFontsee Galleries, Douglas, Michigan

2006               
Cherry Creek Art Festival, Denver, Colorado

Des Moines Art Festival, Des Moines, Iowa

Lakefront Festival of Arts, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Crafts National 2006, Lancaster Museum, Lancaster, Pennsylvania

“FIVE,” LaFontsee Galleries, Grand Rapids, Michigan

Palm Beach Fine Craft Show, West Palm Beach, Florida

2005 
American Craft Council Craft Show, Baltimore, Maryland

2004 
Paradise City, Marlborough, Massachusetts

Berkshires Arts Festival, Great Barrington, Massachusetts

Arts Festival at Rockefeller Center, New York, New York

Boca Raton Museum Art Festival, Boca Raton, Florida

Winter Park Arts Festival, Winter Park, Florida

Coconut Grove Art Festival, Miami, Florida

American Craft Council Craft Show, Baltimore, Maryland

2003 
Boca Raton Museum Art Festival, Boca Raton, Florida

Winter Park Arts Festival, Winter Park, Florida

Coconut Grove Art Festival, Miami, Florida

2002
Winter Park Arts Festival, Winter Park, Florida

Coconut Grove Art Festival, Miami, Florida

Gasparilla Festival of the Arts, Tampa, Florida

2001
Craft Forms 2001, Wayne Art Center, Wayne, Pennsylvania

Winter Park Arts Festival, Winter Park, Florida

Coconut Grove Art Festival, Miami, Florida

Gasparilla Festival of the Arts, Tampa, Florida

2000 
Coconut Grove Art Festival, Miami, Florida

1999 
Coconut Grove Art Festival, Miami, Florida

1998 
Coconut Grove Art Festival, Miami, Florida

1997 
Coconut Grove Art Festival, Miami, Florida

1996 
Coconut Grove Art Festival, Miami, Florida

1995
Coconut Grove Art Festival, Miami, Florida

Gasparilla Festival of the Arts, Tampa, Florida

Disney's Festival of the Masters, Orlando, Florida

1994 
Coconut Grove Art Festival, Miami, Florida

Gasparilla Festival of the Arts, Tampa, Florida

Disney's Festival of the Masters, Orlando, Florida

1993 
Coconut Grove Art Festival, Miami, Florida

Gasparilla Festival of the Arts, Tampa, Florida

Disney's Festival of the Masters, Orlando, Florida

1992
Gasparilla Festival of the Arts, Tampa, Florida

Disney's Festival of the Masters, Orlando, Florida

1991
Gasparilla Festival of the Arts, Tampa, Florida

1990
Gasparilla Festival of the Arts, Tampa, Florida

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

1995-2003
Instructor, Featherstone Meetinghouse, Oak Bluffs, Massachusetts

1993-2004
Participating Artist, Coconut Grove Visiting Artists Program, Miami, Florida

1998-2002
Artist in Residence, Martha's Vineyard Public Charter School, Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts

1995-1999
Instructor, Chilmark Pottery, Chilmark, Massachusetts

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

American Crafts Council

Featherstone Meetinghouse of the Arts