c1976 Jayme Curley Pensive Man Holding Jug Original Clay Sculpture - image 1 of 9

This listing is for a vintage clay art sculpture by American sculptress, Jayme Curley. Created in 1976, it is one of her earlier works. It shows great appeal depicting a muscular, seated man holding a jug, and appearing to be deep in thought. He reminds us of Van Gogh's 'Portrait of a Peasant'...perhaps because of the hat with its Dutch influence.

This original sculpture stands 5.75" tall and 5" wide. It is 5" deep, signed and dated "c76" on the base. It is in excellent condition and without chips or cracks. There is light surface wear from normal aging and handling. We aren't quite sure of the inspiration for this sculpture, but it is a very lovely work of art for any collection.

The following is a copy of the artist's biography taken from her website, Prayers for the Wild.

Jayme Curley: Resume of a Clay Artist

Prayers for the Wild Studio

Born & raised in the Pacific Northwest, I learned to love the beaches, forests, mountains & inhabitants of this lush place.

I received a BA in Art History from Wellesley College in Massachusetts.

In 1973 I earned an MFA in clay art, & won the Traveling Fellowship from the Art Institute of Chicago.

In 2004 I began a series of clay pieces inspired by the landscape of Whatcom County, with the purpose of donating 100% of my income from the sale of the pieces to The Whatcom Land Trust, a conservation group whose mission is to preserve the wild & agricultural land that makes our area so unique.

The resulting clay vessels, screens, collages, figures & landscapes could be called sculptural watercolors. They are hand-built from low fire clay. The surfaces of the fired pieces are worked with water colors, colored pencils, sometimes collaged, then sealed with fixative.

My work has been shown yearly in the juried Whatcom Artists Studio Tour since 2004.

I had a 1-person show at “Studio 910” in Fairhaven, 2006.

In 2007, a 1-person show at “Mindport Gallery” in downtown Bellingham.

In 2008 a 3-part sculpture titled “Whatcom Creek” was given a permanent home in the Wade King Recreation Center on the campus of Western Washington University to commemorate Bellingham’s disastrous pipeline explosion of 2003.

Two pieces were displayed in the City of Bellingham’s Rotating Art Installation in the lobby of City Hall in 2009, and again in 2011.

August 2009, I was one of 4 artists in the Allied Arts show titled “Perspective & Presentation Chapter I: Land”.

In 2010 I was chosen to show pieces in the “Inside the Box” series at Allied Arts.

I was the featured artist in May, 2010 at the Good Earth Pottery in Fairhaven.

One piece was shown in the “Fate of the Forests” show at the Lightcatcher Museum in 2011.

My work was the featured collection in the Museum Shop of the Lightcatcher Museum May-June, 2012, & can be found for sale at Good Earth Pottery in Fairhaven, WA, and at the Jansen Art Center in Lynden, WA.

Jayme Curley

American Modern, American Realist
United States • American

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c1976 Jayme Curley Pensive Man Holding Jug Original Clay Sculpture


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