Vineyard Haven, Mass.
Ceramic artist Jennifer McCurdy lives on the island of Martha's Vineyard. She has been working with porcelain for more than 25 years. For the last few years, she has been working with structural questions. How thin can the high fire porcelain be before it collapses in the fire? How much can it be cut away and still maintain structural integrity? How can the movement of the potter's wheel and the fire of the kiln be reflected in the finished piece, which is hard and permanent. You can see her intricate wheel-thrown porcelain at Art on the Square and on her website: jennifermccurdy.com
Valerie Hector opened a modest jewelry studio in January of 1988, after a long fascination with working with beads and metal. "From the start I began combining beads with metal, feeling comfortable with the tension that results from juxtaposing two such antithetic materials, a tension that handled correctly, can lead to a kind of balance," she said on her website valeriehector.com. "From the start I wanted to juxtapose spareness of form with lushness of surface appearance, thereby generating another sort of tension, another sort of balance. I still do." She continues to mix beads with metal in her work, although some recent piece have been all metal.
Dale Rogers is a full-time metal sculptor. He designs both large-scale sculptures for individual installation and temporary public exhibits full of multiple pieces. "My love for art lies in abstract geometrics, and much of my body of work encompasses the clean simple properties of that style. Over the years, I have incorporated iconic and whimsical shapes into my sculptures that allow viewers to connect with my art on an emotional level," according to his website dalerogersstudio.com. One of his steel sculptures, "The Raven," is in front of Belleville Public Library, 121 E. Washington St. Includes part of Edgar Allen Poe's poem "The Raven."