Ed Byers & Holden McCurry
Byers McCurry Studio
For this competition, Ed Byers & Holden McCurry created a new body of work in celebration of the 10th Anniversary of American Craft Week and made 10 "Houses of Light". The 10 Houses of Light are made with earthenware clay and finished with layered underglazes and oxides. A small led light is included with each house sculpture and each can stand or hang on the wall.
In submitting their new work, Ed and Holden said, “our colorful ceramic houses represent the ‘light’ that American Craft Week has shared in promoting fine craft for the last 10 years. Happy Birthday American Craft Week from Byers McCurry Studio!!”
Ed Byers and Holden McCurry began working as a ceramic studio team in 2003. Both are graduates of Auburn University and have completed post-graduate studies in ceramics at Penland School of Craft and The Odyssey Center for Ceramic Arts in North Carolina as well as fine art painting at the Encaustic Institute in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Ed and Holden use a collaborative process for each piece of art that enables a continuing creative exploration.
Collaborative sculptures are made using clay slabs, extrusions, coils and pinched forms often combined with mixed media materials. Texture is applied to clay surfaces with found objects such as driftwood, rocks and handmade ceramic stamps. Drawn and painted surfaces incorporate terra sigillata, layered underglazes, slips, oxides and sgraffito. Both Holden and Ed are exhibiting members of the American Craft Council and the Southern Highland Craft Guild .