Jen McCurdy’s wheel thrown porcelain is unlike any other. She forms intricately carved, brilliantly gilded vessels which evoke the nature and serenity from which she surrounds herself in Martha’s Vineyard. Critics compare her sculptures in feeling to Georgia O”Keeffe.
Although not a glass artist, Jennifer McCurdy's wheel thrown porcelain is unlike any other. She starts like the others, using her potter's wheel to form her vessels. But then, she intricately carves into them while they are in a leather-like state. This skillful process is of indescribable difficulty, and must be completed in the short window of time while the vessel has just the right amount of moisture. They are then fired to produce hard, translucent vessels full of energy & counter-point. Furthermore, McCurdy then gilds some of her fragile vessels in brilliant precious metals. Each vessel's surface creates an exciting chiaroscuro effect of light & shadow.
Most pieces are custom-made per the order. Production time typically 4-6 weeks.
McCurdy has shown her work at major craft fairs & museums throughout the United States and world.
About Jennifer McCurdy - Artist Self-Bio
At the time of writing this, McCurdy's sculptures have been represented in the permanent collections of:
The Smithsonian's Renwick Gallery (Washington DC), Tweed Museum of Art (Duluth, MN), Racine Art Museum (Racine, WI), The Lancaster Museum of Art (Lancaster, PA), Everson Museum of Art (Syracuse, NY), Museum of Art & Archeology (University of Missouri, MO), Columbia Museum of Art (Columbia, SC), Minneapolis Museum of Art (Minneapolis, MN), Mississippi Museum of Art (Jackson, MS), Fuller Craft Museum (Brockton, MA), Weisman Art Museum (Minneapolis, MN), Arkansas Art Center (Little Rock, AR), Boca Raton Museum of Art (Boca Raton, FL), Lowe Museum of Art, (Coral Gables, FL), Knoxville Museum of Art (Knoxville, TN)