Nancy Jurs

Nancy Jurs was a 1963 graduate of RIT’s School for American Crafts, where she studied with Hobart Cowles and Frans Wildenhain.  Her first exhibition at the Gallery was in the 1962 Rochester-Finger Lakes exhibition. Over the years her work has evolved from classically-inspired porcelain dresses to raku breastplates to large-scale, hand-built ceramic sculpture  More recently her work has included found objects and her own earlier sculptures repurposed.

Artistry is in Jurs’ family: two female cousins, Lulu Scott Backus (RIT) and Eunice Prieto (Alfred, Mills College), had significant careers in ceramic art; her husband is world-renowned wood furniture crafter and sculptor Wendell Castle; and one of her children is also a practicing artist.