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Testing the Limits of Porcelain in Wheel Thrown, Altered and Carved Sculptures

Jennifer McCurdy sands a porcelain sculpture.

Jennifer McCurdy sands a wheel-thrown, altered, and carved porcelain sculpture.

A couple of months ago, I attended the Potters Council Porcelain II conference in San Diego for the purpose of capturing some of the presenting artists’ impressive techniques on video to share with you! And today I will do just that.


Jennifer McCurdy has been working with porcelain for over twenty five years and for the last several years, she has been really putting it to the test structurally. She has been experimenting with how thin high fire porcelain can be before it collapses in the kiln and how much it can be cut away and still maintain structural integrity. The results of these experiments are stunning sculptures that reflect the movement of the potter’s wheel and the fire of the kiln. Today, Jennifer demonstrates her techniques from the initial thrown form to the lighter-than-air finished piece. – Jennifer Harnetty, editor.

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This video was filmed at the Potters Council Porcelain II workshop.
Click here for more information on upcoming Potters Council workshops!

Finished wheel-thrown, altered and carved sculpture by Jennifer McCurdy.

Finished wheel-thrown, altered and carved sculpture by Jennifer McCurdy. Click to enlarge!

To learn more about Jennifer McCurdy or see more images of her work, visit www.jennifermccurdy.com.