Porcelain, wheel-thrown, altered, carved, unglazed, fired to cone 10,
interior gilded with 24 carat gold leaf. 2020. 13"h, 10"w, 10"d
Andre Gide says, "Pay attention only to the form; emotion will come
spontaneously to inhabit it. A perfect dwelling always finds an inhabitant."
Jennifer McCurdy tries to pay attention. She works with porcelain because
of its fine qualities of light and shadow. She throws her forms on the
wheel, and then alters the pieces by hand to create the soft shadows. Next,
she carves the pieces to add energy and movement. The work is then fired to
cone 10, where the porcelain becomes non-porous and translucent. In further
exploration, she marries the fine porcelain with the ancient art of gilding.
The 24 carat gold leaf illumines the interior of the vessel, to reveal new
curves and patterns.
Jennifer received a BFA from Michigan State University in 1979. She has
been selling her porcelain in art shows and galleries for the last forty
years, and her work is included in the permanent collections of over twenty
museums, including the Smithsonian Renwick Gallery in Washington, DC, the
Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Everson Museum of Art in Syracuse, NY, and
the American Museum of Ceramic Art in Pomona, CA. She maintains a studio in
Vineyard Haven, Massachusetts.