Author Profile
Jeff Kuratnick

Jeff Kuratnick is currently a premium Welch Fellow and 3rd year Ceramics MFA candidate at the Ernest G. Welch School of Art and Design at Georgia State University.  During his time at GSU, Kuratnick has also earned a graduate certificate in Non-Profit Management from the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies. His current studio practice examines the psychological aftershocks of accessing a government-sanctioned hidden past for adult adoptees that are part of the closed domestic adoption industry in the United States. 

From 2010 – 2019, Kuratnick was employed as a museum professional.  Most recently, he served in the capacity of Researcher with The Marks Project: The Dictionary of American Studio Ceramics 1946 – Present, and as Education Director and Ceramics Area Head at Paris Gibson Square Museum of Art in Great Falls, Montana. 


At a very early age, I was orphaned and placed into the closed adoption industry. In 2018, I was able to secure my true identity. My studio practice has been the key to building a bridge to my past while constructing a future with the family I thought I had lost forever. For all those non-believers out there, it turns out that art does have the power to change lives. It certainly did mine.