Laura Murphy works in slip-cast parian clay, with the aim to create exceptionally thin and translucent pieces. She is inspired by the interactions between light and the beautiful British countryside. She always trying to convey a sense of optimism within the work she creates. Her recent work has evolved from research into Seasonal Affective Disorder and light therapy, focusing on the positive effects natural light can have on the human body, both in terms of physical and emotional well-being.
In October 2014, she completed her Masters in Design and Applied Art, specialising in Ceramics, at the University of Wolverhampton. Having left a career in medical publishing to pursue ceramics full-time, this period of study has been invaluable in honing her skills and developing the ideas and concepts behind the work. Subsequently working as an Artist in Residence and assisting in the gallery at Torquil Pottery in Henley-in-Arden was hugely beneficial to her practice and she has now set up my own studio space near her home in South Oxfordshire.
In January 2015, Laura exhibited in the Bevere Gallery Show and her work proved extremely popular and gained the highest votes from the show visiors. It is the delicacy of her work combined with the simple and striking abstract decoration which so appealed.