Dan Murphy has twenty six years experience firing wood-burning kilns and recently participated in the Wood Fire TAS 2011 international conference in
My ceramic vessels are created swiftly and directly on a slow spinning potter’s wheel. I usually work in series, developing one body of work at a time. My goal is to make gestural vessels that reflect my presence in the finished form. This results in families of pots that are inevitably related, yet each piece stands as a unique one-of-a-kind vessel. After the pieces are made most are fired without applied glazes to stoneware temperatures in wood-burning kilns. Colors and textures on the ceramics result from the interaction of wood, fire and clay. My hope is that each successive generation produces a better piece. I feel a connection to contemporary as well as ancient ceramics, and strive to create objects that will withstand the test of time.
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