Jennifer Murphy is a ceramic artist who spent her childhood playing in the mud, mushing Play-doh, and making modeling clay ladybugs. She is currently continuing her pursuit of all things mushy and malleable, by working her way toward a BA of Fine Arts with a concentration in ceramics at the UW Superior.
By combining wheel-thrown objects with hand building, Jennifer turns ordinary stoneware forms into strange and fascinating specimens. These creatures grow from an interest in textures created by nature and how they play off of and harmonize with one another.
Incorporating traditional ceramic glaze and non-traditional materials to finish these works, she treats each sculpture as a three dimensional canvas.
I work in clay for the pure joy of it. I love the challenge of working with the soft, malleable clay and transforming it into a shape or figure that had existed only in my mind. Using slabs of clay, I build up a form, bringing into view the image that I had "sketched" into the air. If I am creating a face or a figure, the clay seems almost to come alive and speak to me. Whether the work is figuratively realistic or an abstraction, I try to create an empathy with the viewer, a recognition of the human experience. Intriguing surface texture is important to me, whether it is created through carving or through layers of glazes.