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MURPHY, EMILY
MURPHY, EMILY
ILLINOIS
Looking back and moving forward.
Clay is one of the oldest materials used by humans, and its place in the lives of humans has changed and evolved as we have. It's had a central place in a community as vessels that store water and grains. Today we most often see clay in the form of toilets, sinks, heater elements, and our molded dishes. With modern manufacturing we have personal spaces which we can easily fill to overflowing with things, so that few people can really say they lack any quantity of items. We store water in disposable plastic bottles, we store our food in layers of boxes and plastic bags, and once we've used these up we store the garbage in more layers of plastic until they can be taken away in the metal boxes on wheels. Things just flow through our hands, from factory to landfill, each item indisguishable from the next and inevitably forgotten once sealed in the earth.
So the place that clay has in our world today is much different than it's been before. Clay is still plentiful, but it's never been disposable. And clay as art still has the intention and purpose behind it that long ago would have been present in every vessel. It can be something to stop our busy lives for a few moments in the morning to meditate over our morning coffee out of our favorite mug. It can be a vase that with or without flowers, we can stop to think about how it is one of the few objects in our lives that are hand made and individual.
Each piece that I make is one of a kind. I usually work in a series but when I am making each individual piece, that one piece is my focus – the thing that matters most to me at that moment. And because they are hand crafted and fired in a soda kiln no two pieces are identical. I'm endlessly intrigued by pieces with a depth that you can explore, with subtle nuances in the texture and patterns in the glaze. A piece where you can always look a little closer and see something new and maybe get a little lost in the surface of the clay or the curve of the form. You aren't going to see that in a mass produced plate or mug a big box store. Our lives are busy and we often don't allow ourselves to slow down and take a moment to reflect. Using a handmade mug to drink your morning coffee out of is a way to feel a connection with another person; an excuse to slow down for a moment and to just be in the moment.

Professional Experience

Full time studio potter – specializing in soda firing. 1999 – present
Pottery Blog – ceramics focused blog at: http://potteryblog.com. July 2004 - present
Ceramics Instructor – Lillstreet Art Center, Chicago, IL. March 2000 - present
Soda Firing Program Head – Lillstreet Art Center June 2001 - present.
Ceramics Teacher – Lillstreet Learning Center, Outreach Program, Chicago, IL, March 2001 - June 2005
Ceramics/Art Teacher – North Avenue Day Center, Chicago, IL. February 2000 - April 2001
Ceramics Studio Manager – Interlochen Center for the Arts, Interlochen Arts Camp, Interlochen, MI. summer 1999
Teaching Assistant and Studio Tech – Earlham College, Richmond, IN, fall 1997 - summer 1999
Teaching Assistant – Explore-a-College at Earlham College, Richmond, IN. summers, 1997 and 1998.

Shows

2008
Another Cup?, invitational exhibition, Baltimore Clay Works. Baltimore, MD. Jan - Feb.
Faculty Exhibition, Lillstreet Gallery, Chicago, IL. Jan. - Feb.
2008 Yunomi Invitational, invitational exhibition, AKAR, Iowa City, IA. March - July
2007
Faculty Exhibition, Lillstreet Gallery, Chicago, IL. Jan. - Feb.
Serving the U.S.: Master Kiln Builders Invitational, NCECA exhibition, Glassworks Gallery, Louisville, KY. Curator: Donovan Palmquist. March
New Work by Emily Murphy, solo exhibition at Haus Gallery, Chicago, IL. April – May
Being to Being: Collective Conversations in Clay, invitational exhibition, Gallery Park West, Chicago, IL. Oct. - Nov.
Annual Holiday Show, Lillstreet Gallery, Chicago, IL. Nov. - Jan.
2006
Faculty Exhibition, Lillstreet Gallery, Chicago, IL. Jan. - Feb.
14th Annual Strictly Functional Pottery National, Market House Craft Center, Lancaster, PA. Juror: Tom Coleman. April - May *merchant award
Ceramics Biennial 2006, NH Institute of Art, Manchester, NH. Juror: Mary Barringer. Oct. - Dec.
Annual Holiday Show, Lillstreet Gallery, Chicago, IL. Nov. - Jan.
2005
Faculty Exhibition, Lillstreet Gallery, Chicago, IL. Jan. - Feb.
Annual Holiday Show, Lillstreet Gallery, Chicago, IL. Nov. - Jan.
2004
Faculty Exhibition, Lillstreet Gallery, Chicago, IL. Jan. - Feb.
Teapot Exhibition, Illinois Artisan Shop, Chicago, IL. May
4th Annual National Juried Cup Show, Gallery 138, Kent State University, Kent OH. Juror:
Janet Buskirk. May - June
Ceramic Biennial 2004, NH Institute of Art, Manchester, NH. Juror: Chris Gustin. Oct. - Dec.
Cup: The Intimate Object III, Charlie Cummings Clay Studio, Fort Wayne, IN. Juror: Peter Beasecker. Nov. - Jan.
Small Treasures, Lillstreet Gallery, Chicago, IL. Nov. - Jan.
2003
Faculty Exhibition, Lillstreet Gallery, Chicago, IL. Jan. - Feb.
Lillstreet Gallery Presents: Emily Murphy and Lisa Harris, Lillstreet Gallery, Chicago, IL. April - May
Teapot Exhibition, Illinois Artisan Shop, Chicago, IL. May
Annual Holiday Show, Lillstreet Gallery, Chicago, IL. Nov. - Jan.
2002
Orpheum Theater Presents: Emily Murphy and Jim Murphy (paintings). Orpheum Gallery, Foxboro, MA, April - May
Annual Holiday Show, Lillstreet Gallery, Chicago, IL. Nov. - Jan.
2001
Annual Holiday Show, Lillstreet Gallery, Chicago, IL. Nov. - Jan.
2000
Annual Holiday Show, Lillstreet Gallery, Chicago, IL. Nov. - Jan.
1999
Interlochen Visual Arts Faculty Exhibition, Interlochen MI, C-7 Gallery, Interlochen Center for the Arts, July
Senior Art Major Exhibition, Richmond IL, Leeds Gallery, Earlham College, April - May

Publications

500 Pitchers, Lark Books. 2 images. Spring 2006
500 Cups, Lark Books. 2 images. Spring 2005

Galleries

Haus Gallery, Chicago, IL
Woman Made Gallery, Chicago, IL
Gallery Janjobe, Louisville, KY
Dancing Loon Gallery, New Buffalo, MI
State Museum Shop, Springfield, IL
Illinois Artisan Shop, Chicago, IL
Illinois Artisan Shop at Rend Lake, Whittington, IL

Professional Associations

Lillstreet Studios
NCECA, National Council on Education of the Ceramic Arts
Potter’s Council
Illinois Artisan Program
Chicago Artist Coalition
Woman Made Gallery

Education

Earlham College, Richmond IN. BA with College and Departmental Honors in Art with double
concentration in ceramics and metals. September 1996 - May 1999.
Wheaton College, Norton MA. September 1994 - June 1995