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Wheat Bottle

2006 Jennifer McCurdy Born: Newport, Rhode Island 1955 porcelain 9 x 6 in. (22.9 x 15.2 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Alan Jacobs 2007.35 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 4th Floor, 53A


Luce Center Quote

"My work is very process oriented, in that I try to throw a pure form, then add volume by altering it while the form is still wet, and then carving lines to add movement to the volume of the form." Jennifer McCurdy, artist's interview by LaFontsee Galleries, November 2005

Luce Center Label

Jennifer McCurdy is drawn to the perfect forms of nature, whether a beach shell or the airborne seeds of a milkweed pod. "The ordered symmetry and asymmetry of nature's forms reveal the growth . . . the movement of life," she explains. "I strive to make my work reflect the balance of life around me." In Wheat Bottle, she used the kernels of the wheat spear as inspiration for the openings in the surface of this porcelain "bottle." The design (a challenging one for such a difficult medium) allows light to filter through the structure, capturing the material's beautiful translucence. For McCurdy, porcelain "conveys the qualities of light and shadow that I wish to express." (LaFontsee Galleries interview, November 2005)

Keywords

decorative arts - ceramic

Crafts - Clay

About Jennifer McCurdy

Born: Newport, Rhode Island 1955