Clare Scurry

Growing up in Johnson City, Tennessee, nature was all around…colors and textures of the East Tennessee mountains never escaped us. My mother’s love of gardening also emphasized nature’s bounty and later my attachment to the seasonal beauty of South Carolina’s coastal marshes.

Clay is the perfect art form to evoke this sensibility, the medium is nature itself. My material of choice is usually white earthenware which provides a blank surface upon which to layer color and texture. Recently, I had the opportunity to experience soda firing at the University of South Carolina. My new forms, inspired by seeds and pods, have been enhanced by the rich, earthy patina of gas reduction used in soda fire.

Soda fire is an atmospheric firing technique using a mixture of bicarbonate of soda and sodium carbonate sprayed into a gas fueled kiln at approximately 2,230-2,350 degrees. Vaporing with the gas flame, the solution forms a natural “orange peel” glaze. 

Timeline:

1972 BFA University of South Carolina, Concentration in Ceramics

1980 Ceramics Instructor, Columbia Museum of Art

1983-2016 Middle School Art Instructor, Heathwood Hall Episcopal school

2016 Awarded Columbia Museum of Art McArthur Goodwin Award for Excellence in Art Education 

2016 Awarded Heathwood Hall’s Devanny Award reflecting high values of the school and teaching

Student of Arrowmont, Penland, Odyssey Clay Center, various workshops with fellow members of Midlands Clay Arts Society

Sold and exhibited at Portfolio Art Gallery, Museum of Art Gift Shop & Over the Mantel Gallery, Columbia, SC

2018…..Exploring the delightful possibilities of clay in my Columbia Studio