Ceramic artist Jennifer McCurdy has over 40 years experience working with and creating swirling sculptures that are inspired by nature.The talented potter strives to make her work reflect the beauty of life and what makes her latest work so unique is the fact that she illuminates the inside of the porcelain vessels with 23 carat gold leaf. Her objects reflect movement and by removing bits of clay and adding the gold leaf it gives the illusion the sculptures are glowing from within.
She creates every sculpture by hand. it first goes on the potter’s wheel then it is altered, carved and incised. Finally it is fired with an incredibly hot 2350 degrees, Jennifer is known for pushing the limits of her creativity, she likes doing it by asking herself questions like: ” How thin can the high fire porcelain be before it collapses in the fire? ” Here is a part of the artist statement ” Emotion fills me when I see perfect forms in nature, from the cracked conch shell on the beach revealing its perfect spiral, to the milkweed pod burst 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, 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 ” Visit Jennifer McCurdy at her website for more work and info