In this show I attempted to integrate the 2 mediums that I am passionate about - textiles and clay.
Review from East BAy Express (Oct 23,2019)
Art is both illusion and object, style and content; it’s a kind of aesthetic Schrödinger’s cat. Josie Jurczenia’s witty 2D/3D works combine clay, textile paint, felt and thread. They take the form of flat representations of single vessels patterned with stripes and grids, juxtaposed with simulated felt ‘paintings’ hanging behind them, like projections; or standing couples, similar but different, with white and black connoting light and shadow. Jurczenia’s hybrid works thus hark back to both the floral painting tradition of trompe-l’oeil seventeenth-century Dutch art and to the light-hearted spatial paradoxes (trompe-l’esprit) of twentieth-century Cubism à la Picasso, Braque and Matisse: trick the eye and trick the mind. “White Stripes” with its twin amphora forms united by paint rivulets; “Echo,” with its dual protagonists united by a double-grid plaid pattern; and “White Wiggle” and “Black Wiggle,” with their alternating stripes and grids, wear their playful erudition lightly, and double as functional vases.
— DeWitt Cheng
Camouflage - White
Camouflage - Black
Pair of Plaid Pitchers
Half & Half
Clay and Felt - Oct 2018
Combining my love for textiles with my passion for clay I created this body of work for a solo show at Roscoe Gallery (Oakland). I used the paper patterns I use to cut my hand built clay pieces and cut the same patterns out of thick wool felt. The felt pieces are machine embroidered, painted and glued together. The results look startlingly like their clay mates.
cups & mugs
Designed to feel great in your hand as well as look good in your kitchen.
Classic Pattern Mugs
red poppy mug
Blossoms or sticks look great in these one of a kind pieces.
Felt and Clay Poppy Baskets
Yellow Poppy Vase with 5 Flat Flowers
Red Poppy Vase with 3 Flat Flowers
patterns,poppies & vase on a vase
dish cloth vase
stripey envelope vases
poppy box vases
white rose vase
3 print vase
bluebird/birch branch triangular bottles
luster topped envelope vases
plates & bowls
Bowls, platters and plates to hold anything in style. Dish sets are custom made.
stenciled textile pattern shallow bowl
red birch 4 piece dinnerwear set
black,white & gold snack plate set
bloom dessert plates and tea tumblers
pitchers, cream & sugar sets
One of a kind pitchers that pour like a dream.
red birch pitcher with bottles and ornaments
from Diablo Magazine, Dec 2016
blue fez pitcher
bluebird/birch cream & sugar set
ruled paper cream & sugar set
red birch cream, sugar & tray
Every year I create a special collection of Hoilday Ornaments.