McCurry and Blain’s “New Imagery” Featured at River Gallery

REPORTING: MICHAEL EDWARD MILLER

Sandy Blain creates multi-textured, often functional forms out of clay.

One of Holden McCurry's journey boat sculptures.

One of Holden McCurry's journey boat sculptures.

One of the most interesting aspects of clay is that, after it’s been fired in a kiln, it can look like practically anything–it doesn’t have to look like clay.  It might end up with a smooth, glossy finish that almost resembles a piece of glass.  Or an artist might pick up a knife and score the clay; slice it and hack at it, and abuse it, until it looks like jagged stone, or even bark off a tree.

The two sculptors showing this month at Chattanooga’s River Gallery demonstrate that–the range of clay.

Holden McCurry is from Asheville, North Carolina, and he makes small boats that appear to be made of real wood, although it’s actually clay.

Sandy Blain is from Tempe, Arizona, and is a former professor at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville.  Her clay sculptures are often functional–real cups, plates and pitchers that can be used at the table.

Listen to the story.

Holden McCurry will return to the River Gallery on Saturday, August 28th, from 2 to 4 p.m. and will demonstrate how he creates his sculptures.

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