Stephen Murfitt British, b. 1953
"I am driven by an obsession with clay and its artistic versatility. I became addicted to Raku because of the direct involvement with each stage of the process. The pots absorb and reflect the intense drama of the firing. The effects of weathering, erosion and decay provide a constant source of reference and the slow, contemplative pace of coiling allows for considered developments and refinements to be made at each stage in the creative process."
After several years spent as a tutor of ceramics and sculpture at Marlborough College in Wiltshire, Stephen Murfitt now lives and works from an established studio in a converted Methodist Chapel in his native Fens. Another artist who likes to work with small groups of related forms and vessels, Stephen creates hand-built Raku-fired one-off pieces which are completely unique.
Throughout his career, Stephen has exhibited widely throughout the UK, most recently at La Galleria, Pall Mall, London for the Royal Arts Prize. Stephen is a selected member of the Anglian Potters and the Craft Potters Associations and author of ‘The Glaze Book’, published by Thames & Hudson in 2002.
Cambridge School of Art, foundation course 1972-74
West Surrey College of Art and Design, Farnham 1974-77
Middlesex Polytechnic, Art Teacher’s Certificate 1977-78
On leaving college, Stephen combined teaching Art and Design with making pots. After several years spent at Marlborough College in Wiltshire as the ceramics and sculpture tutor, Stephen returned to his native Fens and established his studio in a converted Methodist Chapel.
Throughout this time, Stephen has exhibited his work widely and most recently at:
La Galleria, Pall Mall, London (Royal Arts Prize)
York Ceramics Fair
Contemporary Ceramics Centre, London
‘Innovations in Ceramic Art’, Cambridge
Primavera Gallery, Cambridge
Pyramid Gallery, York
Gavagan Art, Settle, Yorkshire
Gallery 57, Arundel
Babylon Gallery, Ely, Cambridgeshire
The Old Fire Engine House Gallery, Ely
Stephen is a selected member of the Anglian Potters and The Craft Potters Associations.
Author of ‘The Glaze Book’, published by Thames & Hudson in 2002.
Currently working on a Raku book for The Crowood Press in Wiltshire.
Ceramics Art + Perception October 2017
Ceramic Review ‘Masterclass’ May/June 2018 , and repeated in July/August 2020 including YouTube.com video
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