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Jennifer McCurdy

Jennifer McCurdy contemporary ceramics magazine

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Ceramic artist Jennifer McCurdy lives on the island of Martha’s Vineyard.  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? 

"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.” Jennifer McCurdy

Jennifer McCurdy's C.V. (resume) - View her works

EDUCATION
1978 - B.F.A. with honors, Michigan State University,
studied under Louis Raynor
1980 - Graduate study, Florida Atlantic University,
studied under John McCoy

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS
2008, Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum Rococo Exhibit New York, NY
2007-2008 Smithsonian Craft Show, Washington DC
2009, Fragiles: Porcelain, Glass & Ceramics, Kuwait
2006-2010, Palm Beach Fine Craft Show, West Palm Beach, FL
2005, 2007-2010, American Craft Exposition, Evanston, IL
2004-2010, American Craft Council Show, Baltimore, MD
2010, American Craft Council Show, Atlanta, GA
2001, 2008-2010 Craft Forms, Wayne Art Center, Wayne, PA
2006-2010, Washington Craft Show, Washington DC
2006-2008, 2010 Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show. Philadelphia, PA
2008-2010, Long’s Park Art Festival, Lancaster, PA
2009-2010, St. Louis Art Festival, St. Louis, MO
2007-2010, Old Town Art Festival, Chicago, IL
2008-2009, Riverspan Sculpture Exhibition, Cincinnati, OH
2006-2009, Westchester Craft Show, White Plains, NY
2005, 2007-2008, Crafts Boston, Boston, MA
2006-2007, Cherry Creek Art Festival, Denver CO
2007, Fuller Craft Museum, Member Exhibition, Brockton, MA
2006, Des Moines Art Festival, Des Moines, IA
2006-2007, Lakefront Festival of Arts, Milwaukee, IL
2006, Crafts National 2006, Lancaster Museum, Lancaster, PA
2005, Crafts at the Castle, Boston, MA
2004, Particles and Passion, the Art of Clay, Academy Art Museum, Easton, MD
2004, Arts Festival at Rockefeller Center, NYC, New York
2003-2004, Boca Raton Museum Art Festival, Boca Raton, FL
2001-2004, Winter Park Arts Festival, Winter Park, FL
1993-2004, Coconut Grove Art Festival, Miami, FL
1990-1995, 2001-2002, Gasparilla Festival of the Arts, Tampa, FL
1992-1995, Disney’s Festival of the Masters, Orlando, FL

TEACHING EXPERIENCE
2008-2010, Select Workshops
1995-2003, Instructor, Featherstone Meetinghouse, Oak Bluffs, MA
1993-2004, Participating Artist, Coconut Grove Visiting Artists Program, Miami, FL
1998-2002, Artist in Residence, Martha’s Vineyard Public Charter School
1995-1999, Instructor, Chilmark Pottery, Chilmark, MA

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS
- American Crafts Council
- Featherstone Meetinghouse of the Arts
- National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts
- Massachusetts Cultural Council, 2007 Finalist
- Potter’s Council

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