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Holden McCurry , with Ed Byers

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Auburn University, Auburn, Alabama

Penland School of Crafts, Penland, North Carolina


1997 Ceramist



 Ed Byers and Holden McCurry collaborate on ceramic sculptures and some functional pottery. McCurry and Byer’s sculptures are built from slabs, extrusions, coils, and pinched forms that are then combined with mixed media materials. 

In 2002, McCurry began making prayer chapels and towers, which have been developed with Byers and became a common theme in their work. Each tower includes a fold of paper for writing a message or prayer within the sculpture. The surfaces are often textured with found objects that usually come from nature including driftwood, rocks, corals, and with handmade ceramic stamps and roulettes. Terra sigillata, underglazes, slips, oxides, and sgraffito are also used to create illustrations, decoration that are often representational.

They have been working in ceramics since 1997 and as a team since 2003.





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Typical Marks
Leaf Trays
Materials: Stoneware
Method: Hand-Built
Surface Technique: Glaze

Citation: Herrera, Carolyn. "The Marks Project." Last modified April 17, 2023.