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Jeffrey Thurston

(Sacramento, CA, 1984 - )

A 2016 graduate of Tulane’s MFA program, Jeffrey Thurston was an adjunct professor of ceramics at Tulane University in 2018. Thurston holds a BFA from California State University, and also studied at Diablo Valley College in in Walnut Creek, CA.Thurston grew up in the San Francisco Bay area, and his recent work is informed by an early memory of ships moored at bank of the Carquinez Strait, near the Benicia-Martinez bridge. The objects he creates bear a physical reference to the instability of traveling by sea, while also more broadly representing the notion of a watertight ceramic vessel, and the archaeological significance of pottery fragments that can surface over time. “A lot of my practice deals with a sense of uneasiness, “says the artist. “I don’t think I’ve ever felt totally at ease at any one place. “While living in California he recalls, “I was just inundated with [Peter] Voulkos’s work, so 3D-wise, that’s where I get a lot of influence ...there’s a roughness and a rawness that he uses. I’ve been trying to capture that in my own work.”

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