Artist Statement




IMG_3502My work in ceramics comes out of a photographic project where I combed through images in Post-WWII architecture, design and craft books.  I became fascinated by the forms found in the craft books and their relationship to the human body. Often, the images of clay were simply traces or imprints of the human hand.  This reciprocity was so fascinating to me that I began to work in clay.

My ceramic works explore visual relationships between the human body, architecture, microscopic images, natural forms, science, and technology, while at the same time reducing these categories of imaging into a ceramic form.  The relationship between body and form has also been central to the making of my work and the process of creating my sculptures.

I worked with abstract forms in black and white for about 10 years.  Recently, I have been exploring the use of color as well as delving into the rich history of 20th century studio ceramics. My current pieces are a combination of wheel thrown ceramics and hand building.  They are influenced by the experimental work of studio ceramic artists of the Post-WWII period, especially work involved with composite forms.  I am inspired by the experimentation in this work of the recent past and also with making it relevant to me and my experience.  Looking at these artworks, they mingle in my mind with other visual objects and somehow become something else.

Joan Lurie

A video of Joan discussing her work  made by Parsons School of Design Students as part of LVMH’s The Art of Craftsmanship Revisited is now online.

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