exhibition and workshop
For our May exhibition, Plinth Gallery introduces the newest work of ceramic artist Courtney Murphy in the exhibition, “Dot, Dot Dot….” Joining us from Missoula, MT, Courtney brings work influenced by simplified abstractions of nature, children's artwork, folk art, mid-century modern forms and shapes, as well as textiles, patterns and historical pots. Courtney is simultaneously attracted to worn surfaces showing the passage of time, and clean, simple, elegantly utilitarian forms. She pays careful attention to line in her drawings, as well as in the profiles or outlines of the forms themselves. She works slowly, at first roughing out a form then refining it, both in the greenware stage, then again as she applies slip and decoration. She is intrigued by the subtleties and imperfections found in handmade objects, and the way in which these marks reflect the maker of the piece.
Courtney began working with clay while living in Brooklyn, NY. After several years of working for potters around the city, she moved to Portland, OR to study Ceramics at Oregon College of Art & Craft. She has been a Resident Artist at Guldagergaard Ceramic Research Foundation in Denmark, The Archie Bray Foundation in Helena, MT, and most recently the Clay Studio of Missoula. She was chosen as an emerging artist by “Ceramics Monthly” in 2011, and her work has appeared in numerous books and publications including “American Craft,” “Pottery Making Illustrated,” and “Ceramics: Art and Perception.” Her work is shown in several galleries around the country including here at Plinth Gallery.
“A slight change in the profile or image on a piece creates a different mood or feeling. These subtle differences help determine whether a person will be drawn to one piece over another; so much lies in the details. Creating functional work interests me because these handmade objects leave my studio to become part of somebody else's daily routine. I am interested in the personal connection and moments of quiet contemplation handmade objects help to create. I also appreciate the act of making and using handmade objects in a world where the handmade is often overlooked for the more convenient and readily accessible.”
“Dot, Dot, Dot…” opens at Plinth on First Friday, May 1st, with an artist reception from 6-9pm. Her work will be on display through May 30th. On May 2-3, Courtney will conduct a 2 day workshop in the Plinth Gallery Studio, “Decorating on Greenware with Underglazes, Slips and Terra Sigillata”. During this workshop, she will demonstrate her techniques used to throw, trim and decorate forms. She will then show how she decorates on greenware with an opaque white slip, and decorating with slip trailers and incised lines and dots. The workshop fee is $250 which includes all materials and lunch both days. Contact Plinth Gallery at 303-295-0717, or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information and to register. Plinth Gallery is located in the River North Art District (www.rivernorthart.com