Category Archives: Chicago

New Soda Fired Work by Emily Murphy

Here is a virtual tour of the exhibition that I’m currently having at Haus in Chicago through May 6. It is a body of work that I have been working on for months, and had in my head for the last year or so. It is really excited to have the group of work finished and exhibited together. Click on any of the images to see them larger. I hope you enjoy your visit to the gallery…


This is the front of the gallery with my large bottle forms on display in the window. 

Here are some images of the installation of the show.

I have a series of squared platters that I really see as canvases. The surfaces are a combination of layered slips, sprayed glazes and the soda kiln.

 

I have taken the idea of my surfaces being canvases one step further. I have made a series of wall pieces. These are forms that I have been playing with for a while, but this is the first time that I have exhibited them.

And here are some mugs that echo the grid of squares above…

Chicago artist Amy Lemaire designed floral arrangements in my low oval vases. These are pieces that stand alone as sculptural forms, but come to life with greens, branches and flowers in them. This is just a selection of the pieces. I took these photos on a white piece of paper so you could see them a little bit better.


 

The show will be up until May 6, 2007 if you’d like to see it in person. There is going to be a “Wine Walk” in the Andersonville neighborhood (where Haus is located) on May 6th. We’re going to take this opportunity to have a closing party. If you’d like to participate in the Wine Walk, you can purchase a special wine glass for $20 and you can wander the neighborhood and taste 40 different kinds of wine. For information on this event, visit In Fine Spirit’s website.

The previous post is my artist’s statement for this show.

New work by Emily Murphy

A show of my new work is opening on Friday, April 6, at Haus in Chicago. All of the work is soda fired (surprise surprise!), with a vivid palate of colors. The show include some new wall pieces, oval centerpiece vase (like you see below), large square platters and more.
I have been wanting to do this work since last summer, and when the opportunity came up to have a show at Haus, I was really excited to have a place to exhibit the vision that was in my head. I’ve been working intensely on this new body of work through the coldest and darkest days of the winter- with a longing eye looking towards spring.
I’ll give you a little sneak peak of some of the work here on this entry and after the opening I will post some installation images of the show.

 

Holiday Shows, 2006

Due to what I can only explain as time passing more quickly than ever before, the holiday season is upon us. The opening night for various exhibitions and shows that I am participating in is this Friday, December 1st.

Visit my studio at Lillstreet Studios in Chicago throughout the month for our holiday extravaganza. Browse the wares in my studio while I continue to produce work. New work will be showing up throughout the month!

Opening Reception:
Friday, December 1, 6pm – 9pm
4401 N. Ravenswood
2nd floor- 205 west
Chicago, IL 60640

Saturdays, 10am – 6pm
Sundays, 10am – 5pm
Weekdays, 12 noon – 6pm

On weekends, 12 noon – 3pm, you can “drop and shop.” You can drop off your kids in the kids rooms on the 1st floor of Lillstreet Art Center while you shop the gallery and 35 artists studios.


You can travel a little ways from my studio to Haus, a beautiful gallery focusing on hand crafted items for the home from dinnerware to handmade furniture. They also have a great selection of jewelry. The work that I have there, of course, is the dinnerware and other pots.

Haus
5405 N. Clark
Chicago, IL 60640

Tues – Thurs, 11am – 7pm
Fri – Sat, 11am – 8pm
Sun, 12 noon – 5pm
Mon, closed

The Evanston Art Center’s Art + Craft Expo opens with a Preview Party on Friday, December 1, 6pm – 9pm, tickets are $25. I have a wide array of work there, from vases to mugs to soap dispensers. There are over 80 participating artists. An event not to be missed!

Evanston Art Center
2603 Sheridan Road
Evanston, IL 60201
December 1 – December 16

Sat – Sun, 11am — 5 pm
Mon – Thur, 12 — 6 pm
Fri, 12 — 8 pm

Woman Made Gallery is hosting their Annual Holiday Bazaar Nov 24 – Dec 23. If you’ve never been to this space before, you should make sure to get there this month!

Woman Made Gallery
685 N Milwaukee Ave.
Chicago, IL 60622

Wed – Fri, 12 noon – 7pm
Sat – Sun, 12 noon – 4pm
Mon – Tue, closed

Opening Reception, Friday, Dec. 1, 6pm – 9pm.

A Study of Continental Clay Bodies

I have recently done a little study of the high fire clay bodies from Continental Clay in Minneapolis. I made teabowls out of each of the clay bodies, and fired one in c. 10 reduction and one in soda (also c. 10 reduction). They are both glazed in a luster shino glaze which shows off the differences in the clay bodies beautifully. The c. 10 pots are glazed both inside and out with the shino glaze (left). The soda pots are glazed on the inside, and on the rim (right). There are 9 clays that I tested in total- so keep scrolling down… Enjoy!

**be sure to click on the images to see a much larger image and really see the details.**

 

Soda Firing Workshop with Emily Murphy

Soda Firing Workshop

with Emily Murphy

Interested in soda firing?

 

This workshop is the whole soda firing process packed into
one weekend at Lillstreet Art Center.

 

This workshop is for intermediate and advanced students, amateur potters, and professional ceramic artists who want to have an introduction to soda firing or to expand their soda firing knowledge. Workshop students will learn how to load the soda kiln: no kiln loading experience necessary!

Soda firing is an atmospheric firing that produces flashes of color, a textured orange peel surface, and reacts in a variety of ways with different slips, glazes and clay bodies. The “soda” in soda firing is a combination of baking soda and soda ash. The soda mixture is introduced into the kiln near the end of the firing. The soda vaporizes and is carried on the flame throughout the kiln. Wherever the flame travels, the soda travels and reacts with the pieces in the kiln to create a glazed or flashed surface.

Come to the workshop with an assortment of bisqued pieces. Variety is best. Please come with 6 – 10 pieces. You’re not guaranteed to get every piece into the kiln, but we’ll try to get in at least 6 pieces, depending on size. The more variety of forms, sizes, shapes and clay bodies, the better for loading! The clay must be rated to Δ10. If you’d like to purchase some of Lillstreet’s special soda clay body ahead of time, you can make arrangements for that. You will be contacted via email prior to the workshop with suggestions of commercially available clay bodies, as well as some slip recipes that you can mix to use on your greenware.

Friday, April 21, 11am-6pm

We will meet to get an introduction to soda firing, glaze, slip and wad pieces. When the pieces are glazed, we will load the soda kiln with everyone’s work.

 

Saturday, April 22, 5-7pm

Saturday is firing day. This timing is approximate- we will be mixing up the soda and putting it into the kiln around this time (Δ9).

Monday, April 24, 3-6:30pm 

Unloading time! We’ll unload the kiln and examine our results from the soda kiln.

 

Lillstreet Members $135 / Nonmembers $140

Soda Firing lab fee: $30


To sign up for this workshop, go online to lillstreet.com, or call: 773.769.4226

For more information about the workshop, or to learn more about Emily’s work,
please visit: sodafired.com or email: emily@sodafired.com

 


Lillstreet Studios website

It’s finally done (almost). The website that I have been making for the group of artists where I have my studio in Chicago: Lillstreet Studios. If you’re not familiar with it, Lillstreet Art Center is a big art center that houses ceramics classrooms, metalsmithing studios, a glass bead making studio and more. Mostthe art center is on the first floor of the building. The 2nd and 3rd floors are what make up Lillstreet Studios. We have over 40 independant artists working. Most are potters, but we also have jewelers, photographer, painters, etc…
We’ve been putting a lot of energy into working together as a group like doing this website and hosting a montly open house called 2nd Saturdays. (Just what it sounds like- a monthly open house on the 2nd Saturday of each and every month!)
It’s great to be a part of a community. There are always people around to brainstorm on business decisions like pricing, or just to have an informal critique about a form. There is a lot of solitary time being a potter (and even more doing all this computer work), but being in this kind of studio helps to balance that out.
Here are a couple of images of some of the studio artists working in their own spaces:

Amy Lemaire, Sarah Busen, Dana Major Kanovitz and Cathi Bouzide are pictured above.

I hope you enjoy wandering through this site.

Second Saturdays- Studio Open House

Saturday, July 9, 2005 -11am – 5pm-
The studio artists of Lillstreet Studios in Chicago are having the first “Second Saturday” studio open house/sale.
We’re coming upon our 2 year anniversary in Lillstreet‘s new location in Ravenswood. The second and third floors are filled with a variety of artists from potters, to jewelers , to photographers, and more. We’re been wanting to organize some sort of monthly event- and we’re finally doing it! I hope you can make it!

Mark of the Flame

Throughout the Spring session at Lillstreet Art Center, my Advanced Topics in Soda Firing class worked on putting together an exhibition of their work- from developing the idea of the show, to producing the work. I’m really excited about the direction this project has taken. The results can be seen at the opening of the exhibition on July 16. Please see below for more information.

The idea of the exhibition is that each set or series of pieces was designed and placed in the kiln to intentionally mark the surface with the pattern and shadow of the flame. All the pieces are fired in the soda kiln, where the soda vapors are being carried with the flame. The results of this are some really exciting pieces that tell the story of how they were made. Photographs of the pieces in the kiln (like the ones seen below) will accompany the displayed ceramics. Please click on image to see it larger-and to read all the details.


The opening reception is Saturday, July 16th at Lillstreet’s Gallery in Chicago. There are several openings happening at the same time- it should be quite an event! If you need directions- please click here.
I hope to see you there!

Studio Sale – May 7th, 2005


As you can see from my postcard image above, I’m having a studio sale at my studio (an innovative idea…) in Chicago on May 7th from 10am – 5pm. To learn more about this sale and to get important information like directions to the studio and payment options, please head on over to sodafired.com and you’ll see all the pertinent information you need right there. I hope you can make it.

Workshop with Jordan Taylor


My good friend and fellow Earlham alum Jordan Taylor, is going to be coming to Lillstreet Art Center this April to do a 2 day workshop.

Jordan and I worked side by side on our senior projects at Earlham, making pots, loading and firing kilns. After we graduated, Jordan and I have both gone on to make pots full time- but we have arrived there by very different paths. Jordan went the route of many the clay graduate of EC, and did a long apprenticeship. He worked with Mark Skudlarek in Cambridge, Wisconsin for 3 1/2 years. After his apprenticeship was completed, he moved to north eastern Pennsylvania to set up his shop. He wrote an article for Ceramics Monthly about his journey of making pots.

In Union Dale, Pennsylvania Jordan built his wood kiln…

where he fires his pots…

If you are interested in registering for this workshop, it’s on April 16th and 17th — contact Lillstreet Gallery for more information (773.769.4226).