Laura Murphy is a ceramic artist working primarily with parian clay, creating highly translucent work exploring themes of strength and fragility. Inspirations come from botanical structures, daylight and a response to Seasonal Affective Disorder.
Laura designs and makes delicate, translucent vessels and sculpted pieces from her studio in Oxfordshire, using traditional white parian clay. Working with a limited palette of striking colours against the ice-white clay her ceramics feature fluid patterns inspired by botanical structures and movement across rural landscapes such as a swallow’s flight, a ripple across a wheat field and the flow of a river. Her Hydrangea series of sculptural work started from one tiny petal skeleton and was inspired by research into the effect of natural light in seasonal affective disorder (SAD). Using a combination of digital design and painstakingly precise hand applied slip this creates a selection of highly translucent, intricate latticework pieces of increasing size.
Each piece features thin walls, and the fired parian clay is highly translucent, producing a radiant glow when interacting with light. Light itself is a key consideration, both in terms of contrasting translucent white clay with opaque colour decoration, and also in terms of the weight of the work. Items are easy to handle and often have a 'lighter than air' quality. Vessels are slip-cast from plaster moulds made by Laura, often from forms thrown on the wheel or carved from plaster. The simple forms offer a blank canvas for the fluid movement of thin colour trails.
LATEST EVENTS 16-21st October 2019Elemental Great Oak Hall, Westonbirt, The National Arboretum, Tetbury, GL8 8QS
11-19th May 2019, Oxfordshire Art Weeks Clay Works, Muster Studio, East Hendred, Oxfordshire 18-27th May 2019, Oxfordshire Art Weeks Into the Woods, Chipping Norton Theatre, Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire