Cape Cod Life – Jobi Pottery
Using the fine point of a small paintbrush, Susan Kurtzman whips two strokes of black over a splotch of blue on an unglazed white pottery bowl, and, voilà, a fish appears. A rapid-fire dot of black makes an eye, and a hasty squiggle yields the illusion of gills. Creating this little minnow has taken five seconds . . . or less. Kurtzman continues. More and more minnows—yellow, red, and green—take shape until there’s an entire school swimming on the surface of the bowl. She puts it down, picks up a plate, and repeats the artistic choreography. Nothing could seem simpler; a kid could do it, many would say, and that’s where they’d be wrong.