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Special Workshop - Jennifer McCurdy - Wheel Thrown Porcelain- Testing the Limits of Porcelain in Thrown, Altered, and Carved Sculptures

First, Jennifer will demonstrate basic wedging, centering, and throwing techniques. After the cylinder is formed, she will demonstrate the technique of dry throwing, 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 of movement.

Jennifer will give a slide show, talking about the transition of her work in the last thirty years, and give tips on making a living in the art world.
In the afternoon, she will demonstrate carving techniques on leather hard porcelain, on pieces she has previously prepared, but similar to the work thrown earlier that day. Then she will briefly demonstrate sanding techniques, and discuss firing strategies for porcelain.

She will discuss the concept of strength vs plasticity in the porcelain as it moves through the working states from wet to dry through vitrification.

Jennifer 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, D.C.

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 learned along the way -- tricks of the trade, and tricks of porcelain. Prospective students are encouraged to review her website at

Tuesday, September 19th, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Experience Level: all
$75 ($25 discount for Session Four ClaySpace students) Register
Instructor: Jennifer McCurdy





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