Tinka Jordy is a figurative ceramic sculptor and has been working as a professional artist for over 45 years. Her work is exhibited and collected internationally.
Tinka received a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1977 after attending The Cleveland Institute of Art and The Kansas City Art Institute. Tinka Jordy is currently the vice chair of the Orange County Arts Commission Advisory Board.
" I am a figurative ceramic sculptor working in clay.
The surfaces of my sculptures are full of surface cracks, fissures and imperfections that express the earth, the passing of time, our mortality, and the search for spirituality. I work on them until they look back at me.
Although the viewer is not there during the actual creation of this work, it’s my intention that the final piece will draw the viewer in to participate in the sensuality of the work, and that their perceptions will be questioned, while their emotions are evoked, through my use of the clay in its final form, scale and texture.
For over 40 years I have worked in clay as it is the one material that, if I listen closely, communicates these sentiments so beautifully.
I have been fortunate to have had many reviews and articles about my work. But I think this is one of the most perceptive reviews that truly 'gets' my ethos."
Andrew Hildas wrote "no one gets out of this life either alive or unscorched, a fact that Jordy’s high-fired clay figures reveal in the imperfect fissures and textures of their skin. That said, there is tremendous dignity in acceptance of this fact, with distinct hints that such acceptance, far from causing despair, leads instead to a hard-earned transcendence of the finite realm."
You can read Andrew Hildas' review here:
"Thank you Mr. Hildas" - Tinka Jordy
"I build my sculpture from a stoneware clay body that I mix in my studio. Over the course of many years I have created a clay body that is a combination of clays and minerals that keep expansion and contraction to a minimum, making a body that meets my goal of creating sculpture that is durable for outdoors.
I only use slips (colored clays) rather than glazes as they will not trap moisture."
"I work in a variety of techniques including thrown slabs and coil building to which I impress a multitude of textures to achieve the finished surface I have envisioned."
"All my work is high-fired in my car kiln and durable for outdoors."
My studio and sculpture gardens are in Hillsborough North Carolina.
Available work can be viewed by appointment.