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Shop on the Square Artist Spotlight: Courtney Murphy

Shop on the Square is revitalization of Battle of the Bowls, our annual winter fundraiser.  This week-long show, craft sale and auction features thoughtfully designed and expertly crafted jewelry, accessories, tableware, toys, and much more at the Philadelphia Art Alliance.

The show will run Tuesday, December 4th through Sunday, December 9th, from noon to 7pm daily.
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Clay has lead Courtney Murphy all over the world; completing residencies in Brooklyn, Oregon, Denmark, and currently Montana.  Her designs are influenced by simplified abstractions of nature, children’s artwork, folk art, mid-century modern forms and shapes, as well as lots of books on ceramics and design.

She enjoys the process of scratching into the clay to draw her images. Because of this process, each piece created is unique, and there is a slight variation in each drawing.  She is compelled by the variation found in hand-made objects; a slight change in the profile or image on a cup decides whether a person will be drawn to one cup over another.

She likes to create functional work because these handmade objects leave her studio to become a part of somebody else’s daily routine.  States Murphy, “I am interested in the personal connection that handmade objects help to create.”

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