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Jury Smith, Emerging Artist 2010

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Grey Arch + Blue, 17 in. (43 cm) in height, earthenware with glaze, 2009.
Grey Arch + Blue, 17 in. (43 cm) in height, earthenware with glaze, 2009.

Jury Smith Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

 

Because the outcome of my work is largely determined by process, ideas can be experienced not just in theory, but in actuality (in the sense that the physical reality of the object is what determines the outcome—the resulting form and surface).Focusing on process engages a very particular type of responsibility and an awareness of “effect”; to me this is incredibly exciting. Considering the current consequences of being unaware of the way in which things are processed—from food to trash to ideas—I see this type of exploration as extraordinarily relevant.

Warm White Scope + Yellow, 17 in. (43 cm) in height, earthenware with glaze, 2009.

Warm White Scope + Yellow, 17 in. (43 cm) in height, earthenware with glaze, 2009.

My forms result from of an elaborate system of building that has developed over years. Throughout the building process, the clay form is suspended in slings made of various types of material, each possessing its own unique properties (elasticity, weave, strength) to allow the weight of the clay to influence the form.The finished object is bisque fired, placed into a large pool of water, and the waterline of the floating object is recorded onto the surface. Following this recording, the glazing delineates the object’s buoyancy and density. The line embodies the space, or breadth, held within the object that prevents it from sinking. Added to the buoyancy record is a series of lines that denote the position of the object as it takes on water.



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