Wheat Bottle

  • Jennifer McCurdy, Wheat Bottle, 2006, porcelain, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Alan Jacobs, 2007.35

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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.

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"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
Title
Wheat Bottle
Artist
Date
2006
On View
Dimensions
9 x 6 in. (22.9 x 15.2 cm)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Alan Jacobs

Mediums Description
porcelain
Classifications
Object Number
2007.35
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