Stephen Murfitt

Stephen’s work is driven by an obsession with clay and its versatility. He makes ceramic forms and vessels which are hand built and Raku – fired.

These evolve through a sustained exploration of form and process. Influences are diverse and come from a fusion of visual elements seen in the natural and built environments.

The effects of weather, erosion and decay provide a constant source of reference. Small groups of related forms are hand built simultaneously. The slow and contemplative pace of coiling allows for considered developments and refinements to be made. Each stage of construction enables intuitive and selective marks and textures to occur.

Glazing and firing methods are adapted to enhance the form and surface of each piece. This combination of the making, glazing and firing methods result in one-off pieces which are completely unique.

Stephen completed a two year foundation course at Cambridge School of Art. He was then accepted onto the B.A. (Hons) course in three-dimensional design at Farnham School of Art. This was followed by a post graduate year at Middlesex Polytechnic (Hornsey College) where he completed the Art Teachers Certificate.

Since then Stephen has combined teaching in various schools and colleges with developing his own work. After ten years in Wiltshire working as the pottery tutor, he has returned to establish his current workshop in Cambridgeshire.

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