Driving America's Art Scene - Hunterdon County, NJ USA

Ruth Jourjine

Ruth Jourjine

Ceramics

The entwining of Nature and Art is the springboard for my art. I process my ideas through drawing and watercolor. Living in Hunterdon County allows me easy access to exploring this world and all its beauty throughout the changing seasons.

My favorite medium is porcelain clay. I make both abstract sculpture and functional work. I am inspired by how similar forms combine to make a larger whole from leaves on a tree to the micro world where equal cells combine to make whole living organisms. My recent sculptures follow this principle of combining smaller forms to construct a more complex whole. The surface of the porcelain clay becomes a three dimensional canvas for color. My approach to construction often includes mixed media that when complete can rest on a flat surface or hang on a wall. What emerges is a sculpture that evokes the feeling of motion through the play of line, form, color, light and shadow.