Wind Vessel carved porcelain, by Jennifer McCurdy.

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Wind Vessel by Jennifer McCurdy - Image Credit: Gary Mirando.

Wind Vessel by Jennifer McCurdy – Image Credit: Gary Mirando.

Wind Vessel carved porcelain.

Get swept away with this wheel thrown and carved porcelain piece. It was altered, carved and fired.

WWind Vessel, was wheel-thrown, altered, carved and fired to cone 10. It’s more than 2,300 degrees Fahrenheit, carefully positioned in the kiln to encourage the porcelain to slump in the desired direction. Through this vessel, Jennifer McCurdy seeks to emphasize the material’s many beautiful qualities, especially its translucence.

When she was in high school, artist Jennifer McCurdy was drawn to clay because “it was messy,” she says. She would often stay after school to labor over her potter’s wheel while her art teacher watched nearby.

Now Jennifer McCurdy spends several hours a day in her home studio on Martha’s Vineyard testing the limits of her medium—experimenting with how thin she can shape the porcelain and how much she can extract from a piece while maintaining its structural integrity. For McCurdy, inspiration comes from the process of making itself: “The vision evolves with my exploration of the materials.”

Ceramic artist Jennifer McCurdy lives on the island of Martha’s Vineyard. She has been working with porcelain for over thirty 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?

From start to finish, all work is created solely by Jennifer McCurdy. Each piece is thrown by hand on the potter’s wheel, then altered, carved and incised, one at a time, then fired to cone 10 — 2350 degrees — so there are welcome variations in size and shape.

Information and Image are shared from the site of the artist. Image Credits: Gary Mirando, 2017.



 

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