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Jennifer Mccurdy: Wheel Thrown Porcelain / February 15 & 16, 2014/ Baltimore Clayworks

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Jennifer McCurdy

Testing the Limits of Porcelain: Thrown, Altered and Carved Sculpture

WS01 – Saturday & Sunday, 10-4pm, February 15 & 16, 2014

Fee: $200 member/$225 non-member


This 2-day demonstration/discussion based workshop that will explore basic wedging, centering, and throwing techniques unique to porcelain.  McCurdy will take participants through the production process of forming the cylinder followed by the technique of “dry throwingâ€, using two metal ribs to create the shape of the piece.  Next, she will show her technique of altering these pieces off the wheel to create soft shadow ad movement.   Day two will demonstrate carving techniques on leather hard porcelain vessels.  The workshop will conclude with a discussion of sanding techniques and firing strategies for porcelain which take advantage of the material’s qualities. 

McCurdy will discuss the concept of “strength vs. plasticity†inherent in the porcelain as it moves through the working stages; from wet to bone dry and finally through vitrification; the transformation of porous clay to translucent porcelain through heat fusion, a process that occurs in the firing.  Jen will offer candid conversation about the creative process, the importance and value of setting personal goals and about the development and transition of her work over the past thirty years while offering tips on making a living in the art world.  This course is recommended for students with a working knowledge of clay coupled with a willingness to explore new ideas before enrolling.  

JenniferMcCurdy received a BFA from Michigan State University in 1979 and then learned how to formulate and throw porcelain at Florida Atlantic University under John McCoy in 1980. She has been selling her porcelain in art shows and galleries for the last thirty years, and her work is included in the collections of several museums, including the Smithsonian Renwick Gallery in Washington, DC.  She maintains a studio in Vineyard Haven, Massachusetts.  Her focus on the reflective and bone-like quality of the bare porcelain has led her to explore the light and shadow of the clay forms, resulting in a unique melding of line and structure.  She is looking forward to sharing some of the tricks she has learned along the way – tricks of the trade, and tricks of porcelain.  Perspective students are encouraged to review Jennifer’s website at www.jennifermccurdy.com.

WS01 – Saturday & Sunday, 10-4pm, February 15 & 16, 2014

Fee: $200 members; $225 non-members

Contact Matthew Hyleck at matt.hyleck@baltimoreclayworks.org for more information.

Baltimore Clayworks

5707 Smith Avenue

Baltimore, MD 21209



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