Laura Murphy Ceramics
Laura Murphy Ceramics
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Welcome

All work is created by me, from the initial inspiration, through the design, making and finishing. The subtle variations in each item are introduced as part of the making process, ensuring each finished piece is unique.

About the Artist

Inspiration

I am always working to convey a sense of optimism and wonder within each piece and hope that you also find this sense of silver linings for yourself.  


Growing up in a village surrounded by farmland and woodland, I've always had an affinity with nature. I was that child that would stop in the middle of the path to examine the patterns on a leaf, or the sun shining through a droplet of dew on a spider's web; to watch a grasshopper jumping or wonder at the fluttering, erratic movement of a butterfly or a bumblebee. My interest in the minuscule detail and the way that nature can create seemingly random patterns that have an organic beauty and underlying purpose has followed me throughout life and now manifests in the work I create.

Making process

Each item is created by me, from the initial inspiration, through the design, making and finishing. I use a combination of slip-casting and slip-forming to create a distinct effect. The subtle variations in each item are introduced as part of the making process, ensuring the finished piece is unique, even if each starts from the same pattern or decoration technique. 


I fell in love with traditional parian clay while studying for my MA in Ceramics at University of Wolverhampton. Having experimented with as many different types of porcelain as I could get hold of, I knew as soon as it came out of the kiln that this was something special. The quality of the light that comes through the clay is reminiscent of daylight on a spring morning and speaks of new beginnings. It still elicits a smile each time I see it.

 

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Finish

Time and care are taken with each individual item to ensure that the finished result feels incredibly tactile. I seldom use glazes on the outside of the work so the clay itself must be smoothed out after each stage of the making and firing, receiving a final polish after the last firing completes.