Alexandra McCurdy, ceramist/printmaker/independent curator works in porcelain making highly decorative, one-of-a-kind, colourful pieces, informed by her long-standing interest in textiles. Her conceptual work is both personal and accessible, highlighting women's symbols and icons. She has lately branched into prints on paper, using women's clothing as plates.
McCurdy is a graduate of the Nova Scotia of Art and Design (BFA) and the Cardiff Institute of Higher Learning in Wales (Masters in 3D Design - Ceramics). She was an Associate Curator of Ceramics at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, and has shown her work both nationally and internationally. Her most notable solo exhibitions include The Ties that Bind at the Canadian Clay and Glass Gallery in Waterloo, Ontario, and two solo traveling exhibitions; Mothers/Daughters, which originated at Halifax's Mary E. Black Gallery, and S.O.S: Sources of Support, originating at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, which traveled to the Confederation Centre for the Arts, PEl and to the Burlington Arts Centre, Ontario.
Alexandra’s work is in the permanent collections of the International Museum of Ceramics in Faenza, Italy; the Burlington Art Centre; the Canadian Clay and Glass Gallery; the Canadiana Fun and the Royal Ontario Museum; the Art Bank of Nova Scotia and the Nova Scotia Designer Crafts Council. As well, her work is in numerous private collections.
Reviews of her work and articles about her career have been included in ceramic-focused periodicals including Australia's prestigious Ceramics: Art and Perception, American Ceramics, Ceramics Monthly from the US, and Canada's Contact, Fusion, Arts Atlantic, Ontario Craft, and Visual Arts Nova Scotia.