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Courtney Murphy, an up and coming ceramic artist in Indianapolis, IN, was born and raised in New York, and moved to the Midwest in 2010. She is currently a senior and will receive her Bachelors of Fine Arts from Herron School of Art and Design, Indianapolis, IN in 2017. Her degree is in Integrative Studio Practice and she focuses on ceramics and sculpture. During her time at Herron she has created two and three dimensional pieces in mediums of wood, metal, ceramic, charcoal, graphite, fabric,
My ceramic work is defined and inspired by functional forms and traditional shapes.My current work focuses on exploring the aesthetics of multilevel forms and the functionality behind those forms. I use a combination of vase and bowl forms to create a new form that goes beyond the original intentions of those forms. Some methods that I use in my process include altering bowls into jewelry holders and vases into containers which give these pieces a new utilitarian purpose.
I throw my pieces either as separate pieces and then attach them together, or I throw the form all at once with several pounds of clay. I create my pieces with stoneware clay from my school studio or commercially manufactured porcelain. The clay is bisque fired to cone 09 (1693°F) in an electric kiln. The bisqued pieces are then glaze fired in an electric kiln to Δ 6 (2232°F).
I work with a variety of Δ 6 glazes that are either commercially manufactured, made in my school studio, or made by myself. My glaze colors range from dark opaque colors to multicolor drizzles that mix together as they run down the surface of the piece. I take inspirations from nature around me and the colors that I see in my everyday life.
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2016 BFA (pending – expected May 2017) in Integrative Studio Practice, Sculpture and Ceramics, Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis, Indianapolis, IN
2013 First Place in C2E2 Costume Contest, Chicago, Illinois
2012 First Place in InConjunction Costume Contest, Indianapolis, Indiana
2012 Second Place in Days of the Dead Costume Contest, Indianapolis, Indiana
2016 3.125 GPA
2013 Dean’s List, Ivy Tech Community College, Indianapolis, IN
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