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Form, Line and Color: Drawing on Pots

Posted By Linda Stover On June 10, 2013 @ 12:50 pm In Featured Artist,PC Members Only,Potters Council | No Comments

Featured Presenter: COURTNEY MURPHY

Altered Approach to Clay
September 13-15, 2013

Courtney Murphy first began working with clay while living in Brooklyn, NY. After several years of working for potters around the city, she moved to Portland to study ceramics at Oregon College of Art & Craft. She recently completed a two year artist-in-residence at the Archie Bray Foundation in Helena, MT and is currently living in Missoula, MT working at the Clay Studio of Missoula.


Courtney has been working full-time as a potter for the past several years, creating modern hand-built and wheel-thrown tableware and decorative wall hangings. Her designs are influenced by simplified abstractions of nature, children’s artwork, folk art, mid-century modern forms and shapes, as well as patterns, textiles and weathered surfaces.  She is compelled by the variation found in hand-made objects; a slight change in the profile or image on a cup decides whether a person will be drawn to one cup over another. She enjoys the process of scratching into the clay to draw her images and designs. Because of this process, each piece created is unique, and there is a slight variation in each drawing.


Courtney loves creating functional work because the handmade objects leave her studio to become a part of somebody else’s daily routine. She likes the personal connection that handmade objects help to create. When she looks in her kitchen cabinets, she is reminded of all of the people she has met over the past few years working as a potter. It’s nice to have these personal objects that help preserve memories of the places she has been and people she has met along the way.

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Altered Approach to Clay

Nashville, Tennessee

September 13-15, 2013

Form, Line and Color: Drawing on Pots

Courtney will demonstrate both throwing on the wheel, using simple bisque molds with earthenware, with slips and sigs, decorating at the greenware stage, and decorating on top of majolica glazes on bisque using slip trailers and underglazes.

Courtney uses a smooth earthenware clay body. On some (mostly larger) pieces, she decorates with slip at leather hard, and carves through with drawings, using a contrasting colored sig on the bottom. She also decorates using majolica glaze with underglaze drawings over the glaze. She electric fires her work to cone 02.


 For more information about Courtney, visit www.courtneymurphy.net..






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