The aesthetic tension between consistency and randomness is the focus of an exhibition of ceramic works by Hannibal potter Josh McCurdy.
Raku designs by McCurdy will be on display Nov. 4 – 26 in Quincy University’s Gray Gallery. A gallery reception honoring the artist will be held Sunday, Nov. 10, 2 – 3:30 p.m. The exhibition and reception will be open to the public without charge during operating hours of the Brenner Library.
A 2008 graduate of Culver-Stockton College, McCurdy has served as an art educator at Canton Junior and Senior High Schools and maintains a studio in Hannibal. His work was recognized with three awards at the most recent Midsummer Arts Faire in Quincy.
McCurdy enjoys making functional bowls and dinner sets, but the creative potential of raku offers scope for wide-ranging exploration. According to the artist, “With my stoneware glazes I can predict how every pot will look. However, the unpredictability of my raku firings is something I take great pride in.”
McCurdy states that his recent work reflects the influence of many clay artists and several years of experimentation. “The combination of needle shapes and bands of texture work well together to create a focal point in my work,” he explains. “My goal is to continue gaining new knowledge and allowing my work to evolve.”
Additional information about the McCurdy exhibition is available from Gray Gallery curator, Robert Mejer, at 228-5371.
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