Spin Me Round – Thorne-Sagendorph Art Gallery

Opening reception at Thorne-Sagendorph Art Gallery Keene NH
Spin Me Round exhibition at Thorne Sagendorph Art, Keene State College in Keene, NH.
On display from October 17, 2019 – December 11, 2019. Curated by Paul McMullan.

I am honored to be included in the fantastic exhibition, Spin Me Round, curated by Paul McMullan, at the Thorne-Sagendorph Art Gallery, Keene State College in Keene, NH. It is a joy to have my work in such great company (see the list to the left?!).
It is a bit of a homecoming for my work. I was was born and raised in Keene, NH. My folks, my brother Jeff, and his family still live there today. My art-filled upbringing included taking summer camps at the Keene State College Ceramics Department.

Although I have not been able to travel to see the exhibition in person, thanks to my family in the area, I have a virtual tour of the show that I will share with you! All photos of the exhibition are by my dad, Jim Murphy.

Emily Murphy's ceramics on display at Thorne-Sagendorph Gallery in Keene New Hampshire
Emily Murphy

I don’t have photos of the individual displays of all of the artists in the show, but I hope you take some time to visit their websites!
Todd Wahlstrom
Maureen Mills
George McCauley
Tyler Gulden
Nick Sevigney

Emily Murphy
Artist Statement
September 2019

What if our lives were full of beautiful objects for everyday use? Handmade pieces that took time to make and were durable, functional and full of beauty. Most of our lives are full of single use plastic and items that are not meant to outlast their trendiness. They are machine made and shipped from one side of the world to another. Never meant to have a lasting use or impression on the user, much less a connection to any person involved in the process of making. Our lives can be fuller by reversing this. One mug at a time. I strive to make pieces that will fit into your daily life and elevate your everyday tasks. As well as those special moments.

I get lost in each piece that I make. When I’m throwing a piece nothing is more important than the gesture of the form. When I’m decorating the piece, the mark of the brush carries the weight of the world. While the world fades away, I think about someone using the piece over time and continuously discovering different nuanced aspects of the form and surface. The movement of the throwing line, the boldness of an impressed texture or the juxtaposition of the raw clay and the gloss of the glaze. When a kiln is unloaded and rows of pots are lined up, it might look like they are simply multiples of a form. But when I am making them, the curve and movement of each piece is obsessed over.  And after they are fired, each piece is completely one of a kind to me.

I want these objects that I make to function flawlessly. And to replace the plastic and single use paper and other items that aren’t meant to make it past the season before they break or become obsolete. I want my mugs to be the one that someone grabs for each morning, my cake stand to become part of a birthday celebration, a vase to be filled with wildflowers from your community garden. These pieces of pottery will outlast their counterparts that are manufactured with an expiration date. I hope that they will become full of memories and sentimentality, appreciated because of their beauty, design and thoughtful craftsmanship.

Here are some photos I took of my pieces, in use:

Thrown and altered porcelain vase with flowers from our backyard by Emily Murphy.
Porcelain dessert stand with glass cloche by Emily Murphy.
Thrown and altered porcelain vase with flowers from our backyard by Emily Murphy.
Porcelain cupcake stand with glass cloche by Emily Murphy
Porcelain cake stand with glass cloche by Emily Murphy.

The exhibition is open through December 11th, 2019. Here are their current hours:

handmade stamps for clay

Porcelain honey jar decorated with handmade stamps by Emily Murphy Pottery

As you might have noticed, I love adding texture to my pieces. The glazes I have formulated for my pots break over high points and pool in recessed areas. Accentuating textured areas such as stamped patterns and slip trailing. I have a large collection of stamps from MKM Tools, one-off stamps that I’ve picked up at NCECA and a plethora of other sources. Including ones that I have made out of a variety of materials.

I had been working on some Sculpey modeling with my kids and found myself making stamps for my pots as they were making animals and figurines. I’ve always enjoyed making stamps out of clay and then bisque them. But I sometimes can be a bit impatient. This gave me the ability to make the stamps I had in my head, bake them in the oven and then press into clay within a few hours! You can pick up Sculpey at any craft store and lots of places online. I opted to use the bulk white instead of colors because it’s a bit less expensive when buying a larger quantity. And the tools can be just about anything found in your studio, toolbox or kitchen!

The directions that Sculpey gives for baking thicker pieces:

“Preheat to 275 degrees F (135 C). Bake for 30 minutes per quarter inch of thickness. It is suggested that thicker pieces be initially baked for 15 minutes, then another 5 minutes, another 5 minutes, etc. The clay needs at least 15 minutes to cure properly.” The thicker the piece, the longer it should bake.

I have also used this technique with elementary school art classes. It was really empowering for them to make their own tools and then make pieces with the tools they made! Unfortunately, I don’t have any photos of their awesome pieces. But hopefully these photos of my stamps will do.

examples of geometric stamps

examples with rounded lines

As you can see, I do some slip trailing and other tools for imprinting to further pattern the piece and add dimension.

Porcelain honey jar, decorated with handmade stamps by Emily Murphy Pottery.
Link to my honey pots on Etsy
Porcelain utensil crock, decorated with handmade stamps by Emily Murphy Pottery.
Link to my utensil crocks on Etsy.

Have fun making some tools! If you want to see some previous tool-making posts of mine, here are a few oldies but goodies:

And for today’s moment of meditation… here is a little video of me adding slip trailed dots to a mug. But 10 times faster than in real life.

a (follow-up) study of clay bodies from Continental Clay fired in a soda firing

Collage of Continental Clay clay bodies soda fired to cone 10 in reduction.

Over the years, you may have come across some tea bowls that I made of the clay bodies at Continental Clay in their shop in Minneapolis and also shared in a previous blog post as well as. The blog post still gets a ton of visits, but it felt like time to update them… it has been 13 years! New examples! Better photos! More clay bodies!

I use these examples to help my students at the Northern Clay Center choose what they want clay body they to use (minus soda and woodfire clays). I hope these photos capture the range of finishes these clay bodies give and can help some of you decide what you want to use, too! Each piece is glazed in a thin shino, just on the interior. The soda ash in the shino comes through the wall of the bisqued clay and adds another level of flashing to the piece! All pieces were fired to cone 10 in reduction with soda sprayed in around cone 9. I’ve added some thoughts on each of the clays. I highly encourage you to play around with different clay bodies in soda – whether it is from Continental or another supplier. You can change the surface of your piece with flashing slips – or by switching up the clay!

First up is the Soda Clay body from Continental Clay. It has beautiful flashing and great orange peel that can have a lovely green color to it. It is groggy and can be rough at first, but you’ll quickly get used to it quickly4. But it will dull your trimming tools quickly! It has some excellent durability that can stand a lot of abuse. It seems like it has an above average high alumina content and can be a bit dry when not hit with soda. But a lovely range of flashing and texture to it. When I was primarily soda firing, this was my main clay. It a custom body that we used at Lillstreet, and then CC adapted it into their own Soda Clay body.

The B Clay from Continental Clay is a dream to throw and can flash spectacularly in a soda firing. Especially with shino as the liner glaze! The range of color is wide. And although this sample is very colorful, it still doesn’t catch all it can do. If it is in an oxidized pocket of the kiln, it can be more tan and even in color. It’s the top clay body choice by my soda students at NCC. And probably my favorite clay to throw. Both B Clay and porcelain do some extra flashing when lined with shino.

Grolleg Porcelain has my heart! It can be fickle, but when it does its thing, it is glorious! Again, the secret is glazing with shino as a liner so it takes the flashing up a few notches. Check out the range of colors! The peachy color really comes out when the piece is thin and a liner glaze of shino is used. If Grolleg is in a pocket of oxidation, it can be just white. Or if it is in a heavy soda and reduction area, it can be a shiny grey sharkskin finish! This is the main clay I use in my cone 10 oxidation work too.

The test cups that I’ve made of Domestic Porcelain from Continental Clay in the soda kiln always crack me up. I made one, fired it and it came out miles more gorgeous than any other example that I had seen of the clay come out of the soda kiln. So I made ANOTHER one and fired that. And that was equally stunning. But seriously, it doesn’t usually look this dynamic. It’s a nice clay body – and is significantly less expensive than Grolleg, but out of the soda kiln, it usually gets an “eh” from students who try it. But I can’t seem to recreate the typical results it on my test cups. Maybe the kiln is just messing with me. Or maybe it just reacts really well with shino on the inside and thin walls. So I will leave it all up to you to decide if you want to dive in with Domestic Porcelain or not. And maybe share some photos so I can see what’s happening in other kilns!

Wood Fire Porcelain is one of the Continental Clay clay bodies that I haven’t worked much with, so my opinions and information is limited. I had been expecting more range of color, but on the pieces I have soda fired, the color range is limited to mostly tan with hints of peach. It throws nicely (especially for a porcelain!). And feels like you can push it quite a bit. It can go up to cone 12. I really loved throwing it. And have fired a few pieces in c.10 oxidation too. It’s a bit creamier in color than Grolleg, but it is a small difference. I’m excited to fire this in a wood kiln sometime! The pieces I have seen that have been woodfired are gorgeous.

The Fireclay Stoneware from Continental Clay is a toasty choice for the soda kiln. It throws well and has a nice range of warm tones in it. It doesn’t attract soda as strongly as the B Clay. So there can be dry spots if it doesn’t get a direct hit with soda. But when it does get a heavy hit, there can be some rich dark tones that are quite stunning. I enjoy the Fireclay Stoneware with flashing slips brushed on. The contrast can be quite stunning!

The Fireclay Stoneware with Iron from Continental Clay is the same body as above – but with some extra iron oxide added. That iron gives it an deeper, darker color in soda. I have had some students who are looking for a metallic finish and they will use this body, and then use an iron oxide wash on top of it. I love applying a light colored flashing slip with a coarse brush. And glazes that really react to iron really shine on this clay body.

Buff Stoneware is another clay that I haven’t used that much. But my students do use it regularly. It is a sandy (as opposed to groggy) clay that always feels kind of “fluffy” when I throw it. And when that thought pops into my head, I always chuckle to myself. How can clay be fluffy?! The orange peel texture from when it is hit with a lot of soda is much finer than the Soda Clay, for example. It’s a nice body to throw and has nice toasty flashing in the soda kiln.

If you’re looking to work in a thick, sculptural way, there is nothing better than the Raku Clay body from Continental Clay. It flashes a warm, toasty color in soda. It resists soda so it rarely gets too juicy, in my experience. But its unique coloring and durability is sometimes the best choice for some pieces. It can take a lot of altering, paddling and variety of thicknesses. I also enjoy the clay that is revealed from the rough, quick trimming. I haven’t used it much, personally, but I’ve had quite a few soda students use it so I’ve seen many examples over the years.

I thought I’d share some of my favorite clay, in action. This pair of mugs were made from Grolleg Porcelain. The darker band is smooth orange flashing slip. And the blue is spray of Randy’s Green. They are lined with shino. And the reds/ pinks are copper that is flashing from the copper rich glaze that is sprayed on. I had to keep this pair in my own collection. All the parts came together so beautifully that I knew I had to keep them around because there was more to learn from them.


Testing (mostly) Amaco underglazes in a soda kiln

A sampling of Amaco underglazes in a soda firing.
A sampling of Amaco underglazes in a soda firing.

I love data! In all of my years of teaching soda firing at Lillstreet Art Center and at Northern Clay Center, I always have students asking questions about what underglazes might work in the soda kiln. There is often a desire to get a touch of color that is best achieved with an underglaze. But hard to know where to start! And some of them can be pricey (hello reds!). So I did some crowdsourcing with my NCC classes to test the Amaco underglazes that we collectively owned. Most are the line of Amaco Velvet underglazes (that’s what the V is for). But there are a few other lines (DV and SS) that are discontinued. But jars are still floating around out there so we tested the ones we had. Some of the Designer Velvet underglazes are gorgeous! Firing underglazes in reduction, at cone 10 is not a typical use. So you can’t get the information you might be looking for out of the maker’s test tiles. These test tiles have been invaluable to my students. And I am hoping that this post, sharing them, will help many more!

a guide to Emily Murphy's underglaze test tiles in the soda kiln.
I made this little guide to the test tiles that I made so you can see how each third of the tiles were created. Isn’t it cute? I tried to fit as much information on each tile as possible. Although you know with soda firings, the range of possibilities is huge. These tiles are more of a guide to tell you what might be possible.
Please note: the Smooth Orange Flashing Slip recipe is included after the test tiles!

blacks and grays










Recipe for Smooth Orange Flashing Slip for the soda kiln
Here is the recipe for Smooth Orange Slip used on the test tiles under the striped area. There is some wiggle room on what clay bodies you use this on, if it is applied to bisque or leather hard clay. But generally, it is best on leather hard clay. And must be fired in an atmospheric kiln to flash. Otherwise it will just be white!

Oval vase by: Emily Murphy (me!)
photograph by: Guy Nichols

I am happy to be back to blogging! Thanks for reading and sharing!

As seen on Apartment Therapy!

I was wondering around Epcot with my family when I got a text from a friend. She had spotted one of my pots on Apartment Therapy: These Sleek Ceramics Will Make Your Home Feel Handmade! Always a treat to get a nod and a link from one of my favorite design blogs! I’ve been a fan of Apartment Therapy since they began!

Screenshot of a handmade ceramic utensil holder by Emily Murphy Pottery as seen on Apartment Therapy.

Utensil holders by Emily Murphy Pottery on Etsy as seen on Apartment Therapy.

I have a kiln load of utensil crocks waiting to be bisqued (hoping this heat wave will pass soon!). Up next: glazing then adding them to my Etsy shop!

Our trip to Florida was made possible by hitching along on my husband’s business trip. We will never turn down a chance to go somewhere warm when it is the thick of a Minneapolis winter! We were so happy soaking up the sun! Life has been so busy, that I haven’t even gone through my photos yet! But I dipped in and pulled a couple of my favorites to share.

My oldest visiting with Alice in Wonderland at Epcot.
Ada with Alice, smelling the flowers and chatting with the plants. Really!
Willa and Ada, basking in the sun in Florida.
Joy captured in a single photo!

That’s all for now. I am trying to get back in the habit of updating my blog (always! hahaha). I have a long queue of partial posts that I am hoping to finish up. Even if I haven’t been an active blogger in terms of publishing, I am forever a blogger in my head! Happy to be back!

Handmade plates with kid made drawings.


For my daughter Ada’s birthday, she asked to do a pottery project as part of her 5th birthday celebration.  We brainstormed ideas for a while.  We weren’t going to be able to do a hands on / wet clay project this year.  So we decided to do kid drawings on plates.

I made a 7″ circle on paper as their template for their plate designs.  They had pencils, thick Sharpies and thin Sharpies and all dove into drawing quite quickly.  I love the confidence and lack of inhibitions they had when they did their drawings.  I know at some point in time, most kids become more self conscious with their art. I’m trying to preserve that confidence that my kids have for as long as possible.  I turned the images into decals and applied them to the plates  and fired them onto plates glazed in the colors that the kids picked out.

Ada's 5th birthday


They turned out great.  It was a fun collaboration with Ada and her friends. I love that there is a big group of kids eating their meals off of handmade plates that they decorated!

Here is the collection of each of the kids’ finished plates.  You can click on any of them to see them larger.

A few little notes:

  • Don’t forget, you can get kid sized dishes  as well as many other pots in my Etsy Shop. I’ve been busy are restocking it several times a week with new pots!
  • Be sure to check out Pots in Action on Instagram this week.  I’m guest hosting with the theme #PIAurban.
  • Follow me on Facebook and Instagram for regular updates!

    Emily Murphy Pottery porcelain mug

I’m guest hosting Pots in Action this week!

I’m honored and excited to be guest hosting this week’s Pots in Action challenge, #PIAurban.


Ayumi Horie started the @potsinaction Instagram feed over a year ago. I’ve been a fan of Ayumi’s work for years.  Both her pots and also her approach to sharing clay in the world – both online and in the community.  Innovative videos like this and this.  And exciting projects like Portland Brick. Not to mention activism such as Handmade for Japan. Years ago, she started a collection of photos on her website of her pottery being used by their owners/ collectors submitted by those using them. She entitled this project, Pots in Action.

In part, I’m a potter because I see pots as having the incredible privilege of being part of people’s private, everyday lives. Because of this intimacy, we let our guard down around pots, allowing them to convey ideas about aesthetics, function, and social issues. Through repeated use, pots can create habit and be comforting, creating memory for those using the pots. They are objects of service and conduits between people.

These pots are independent of me; they are finding their own way and accumulating histories with various people, in various homes, in various places around the world. Many thanks to all those who use my pots and contributed to this project. Keep the pictures coming.

Her “Pots in Action” project grew and developed and took on another form with the Instagram feed, @potsinaction.  It is not limited to her work.  It is open to anyone’s work.  Each week there is a guest host who chooses a theme (with Ayumi’s help and guidance) to challenge followers. From PIA’s Facebook page:

Pots In Action is a crowdsourcing project that collects and features the best images of handmade pottery in use by potters and ceramic appreciators all over the world. Some are candid, others are posed; what they have in common is taking the pot off the shelf and putting it to work in the kitchen, out of the kitchen, wherever pots can be found…. Part of our mission is to help potters and lovers of ceramics to take better photographs. We want to help people make images that are as compelling and exciting as the work itself.

This week’s challenge, #PIAurban, debuted tonight with this write-up shared by Ayumi:

Before most potters even had websites, Emily Murphy (@potteryblog) was blogging about ceramics. This week, she tours cities for us with #PIAurban. After studying ceramics and metalsmithing at Earlham College, she spent 10 years in Chicago at Lillstreet where she taught and had a studio. She’s now based in Minneapolis where she’s made the switch to soda-fired stoneware to cone 10 porcelain. Being true to the material and firing continues to be at the heart of her work.

Emily writes, “I’m fascinated by pots, potters, studios and kilns in cities. When I first started making pots, the image of the potter that was impressed upon me was that of the country potter. Further education was through apprenticeship until you were ready to set up your own shop on your own piece of land and continue the tradition of the country potter. In the city, expensive real estate, zoning laws, close neighbors and a fast pace aren’t necessarily conducive to making ceramic objects, but because of those constraints, interesting solutions often evolve. With this week’s #PIAchallenge, I’m interested to see the influence of the city on the maker. How does the density of an urban setting encourage collaboration and shared spaces and equipment? How does the space in a city influence the scale of ceramic objects? What are the ways that the approach to clay is similar or different to a rural potter? Are there any urban potters using locally sourced clay? What’s happening with clay in the urban environment that isn’t happening elsewhere? Who is thriving BECAUSE they are in a city? What’s happening with clay in urban centers, internationally? It’s been inspiring to research the city side of clay with #PIAUrban and I’m excited to see how others interpret and respond to this theme.” A round of 👏👏👏 for Sarah Archer @sarcherize for#PIAadoptedcountry! –@ayumihorie

#PIAguesthostEmilyMurphy #emilymurphy #urbanpotter#urbanpottery #cityceramics #minneapolis #mpls #minnesotapottery #potterystudio #pottery#ceramics #keramik #陶器 #céramique #cerámica #陶瓷 #도기류 #도예 #keramikk #craft#contemporarycraft #handmade #potsinaction

I hope you’ll follow along this week and share some images with the hashtag #PIAurban! I’m really excited to see what folks share and how the interpret this week’s theme!

Pots in Action on Instagram

Lastly, my intermittent blogging is about to be more regular now.  I have lots of posts in progress! Watch out for the updates!

2015 Holiday Gift Guide

If you’re like me, you pride yourself in finding the perfect gift for your friends and family! You’re on a quest to find something that is both unique and a great match for their personality and interests and sometimes that’s really hard!  I’m here to help you make a match!

My Etsy shop is well stocked for all of your holiday gift needs.  Use coupon code: STAR2015 for 20% off of your purchase. Please note: all orders placed between Dec 3-12 will be shipped on Dec 14-15.  Orders on other dates will ship, as usual, in 1-3 business days.  

Here are a roundup of ideas if you’re stumped on what to get some folks on your holiday list!

For your favorite knitter:
This mug has a rich surface both visually and physically.  The dots feel great in your hands when you’re cupping the bottom of this mug. Available in my Etsy shop and at Lillstreet Gallery in Chicago.  Emily Murphy Pottery knit mug

For households with (or without!) kids:
These foaming soap dispensers are great for anyone who uses soap (which is everyone!), and they are especially great for households with kids.  The foam is really easy for them to spread on their hands, and the heft of the dispenser means it’ll stay put and not get knocked over easily.  I also have a selection of non-foaming dispensers in my shop. Both are available at Gallery 360 in Minneapolis.Emily Murphy Pottery porcelain foam soap dispensers

For folks with kids or with pets:
Travel mugs / lidded cups are great when you have little beings (kids or furry friends) running around and running the risk of knocking over your precious, and much needed cup of coffee.  These lids will help minimize the spillage and keep your drink hot! They can be used with or without the lid and are microwave/ dishwasher safe.  They come in a variety of sizes of styles/ sizes/ shapes. Emily Murphy Pottery porcelain travel mug

For those on the go:
These travel tumblers with silicone lids are perfect for that special someone who is always on the go- commuting to work, heading off to a pottery class or hanging out in the back yard and want to keep the bees out of their beverage! They come in a rainbow of colors and the texture of the dots keep this handle-less mug from slipping in your hand.Emily Murphy Pottery porcelain travel tumblers

For the special kid in your life:
Kids love using real pots and I love making special pots just for them!  As adults, we try to limit the exposure kids have to plastic and what is a better alternative to our plastic saturated world than one of a kind, handmade porcelain mugs!  These mini-mugs sell out quickly and I’m continually making more, so be sure to check back regularly for more colors and designs!
Emily Murphy Pottery kid sized cups

For your favorite gardener:
These vintage seed packet mugs are generous in size (they hold a whole pint!).  Fill the mug with a selection of actual packets of seeds or some hand tools  and help your favorite gardener dream of spring! 

For a graphic designer:
This thrown and altered “cut and paste” plate is the perfect gift for the graphic designer in your life!
Emily Murphy Pottery porcelain squared plate

For the host(ess) with the mostess:
It can be hard to find a small, inexpensive AND handmade gift! You might need one for your kid’s teacher, for a host(ess), for a neighbor that brings in your mail when you’re away or to have on hand in case someone unexpectedly gives you a thoughtful gift and you want to have one to be able to reciprocate! These little dishes  are just $20 (plus 20% off that with coupon code STAR2015). They’re perfect for dipping dishes, spoon rest + teabag holder, jewelry holders or an infinite number of other uses! Chopsticks not included – but you could add a couple of pairs or a box of tea to make a sweet little gift! Emily Murphy Pottery dipping dishes

For the new homeowner (or apartment dweller):
My porcelain honey pots are the perfect gift for someone who has just moved into a new home.  Or maybe you know that they LOVE honey. Pair with a jar of local honey to make a thoughtful wedding gift or housewarming gift!
Emily Murphy Pottery porcelain honey pots with dots
Emily Murphy Pottery porcelain honey pots

For the coffee lover:
And of course the perfect gift for the coffee lover in your life is a handmade porcelain mug! Everyone has a preference for the perfect type of mug.  Some like a BIG mug.  Others like a smaller, americano sized cup.  Some prefer mugs with a narrow opening to keep their beverage extra hot.  And some like a mug with a tactile surface that they can feel while quietly enjoying their morning tea.

You can pair a handmade mug with a bag of your favorite coffee. Mine is Terra Nova which is my brother’s coffee roasting company located in Surry, NH.  You can buy some here! 
Emily Murphy Pottery curvy mugs
Emily Murphy Pottery americano cups

Or you can pair it with a print of this this and include it with their new mug.  I include the ounces that each cup holds in the descriptions in my Etsy shop so if you know someone’s favorite beverage, you can use this chart to be sure you’re getting a mug that fits their favorite espresso drink (you just have to convert ML to OZ).

*Don’t forget that orders placed between Dec 3-12 will ship on Dec 14-15.  All other orders will ship in the usual 1-3 business days.  Plenty of time to arrive before Christmas!

Emily Murphy Pottery sale

Thank you so much for supporting me throughout the years! It brings me so much joy to be able to do what I love and send my pots out into the world!

If there is something that you’re wishing that you could find, but don’t see in my shop, just ask.  My full inventory is not listed online and I still have 1 decal firing to go before Christmas!

Imaginary blogger

In my head, I’ve been writing/ blogging all along. Months have not passed since my last post. Throughout the week, I compose many posts in my head.  But then when the kids are in bed, the dishes are done and I sit down at the end of the day, I realize that my brain is not running on full power and I just don’t have it in me to write.  Instead I tend to post on Instagram and Facebook. I can complete my thoughts in those formats and enjoy some instant conversations.  But I miss the longer format of blogging. And I’m going to work on getting into the habit again.  For now, some updates!


Even though I haven’t been blogging about it, I have been making pots steadily.  I have two little ones (1 and 4) but I have managed to arrange a pretty consistent schedule of making. I’m in the midst right now of a cycle of glazing/ firing/ decals/ firing.  My studio is a mess and I’m excited to see some new work coming through the kiln and wishing that I had just a little more time to follow through on new ideas that are flowing.  I need to clear out some space in my studio for my new work so I’m having a flash sale in my Etsy shop.  Until October 15th, you’ll get 30% off your whole purchase with coupon code: COFFEE30 (in honor of International Coffee Day too).  Mugs (regular and travel!), kid cups, soap dispensers (foam and regular!), vases, plates and platters.   Get ahead with your holiday shopping or get yourself a little something!

Emily Murphy Pottery Etsy
When I brought some mugs up to the backyard to photograph, my daughter was playing out there and really wanted to be in the photo.  So here she is, sampling one of her favorite kid sized cups!


Although I do miss the more in depth discussions that happen on a blog, I have been having so much fun on Instagram.  This is a photo that someone sent me of a honey pot of mine they had given to their mom for Christmas and this is it filled with honey from her own hives! So exciting to see my pots being used like this.  Emily Murphy Porcelain honey pot local honey


I recently got to spend a fully immersed clay weekend at the Northern Clay Center at the American Pottery Festival (mark your calendars for the 2nd weekend of September for next year’s conference, seriously!!).  My head is still trying to process all of the amazing pots, inspiring talks and demonstrations and connections with friends new and old.  One of the pots that made it home with me was this awesome alphabet plate from Jason Bige Burnett.  Here is my youngest hanging out with it – alternating signing “eat” and  tapping on the plate.

Jason Burnett alphabet plate

At the American Pottery Festival, I had a great conversation with Mary Barringer about getting back into the habit of writing (as I referenced above). So here I go… getting my toes used to the water.


I woke up from a dream this morning with the realization that my current glaze pallet is similar to that of colorful macarons.  Inspiration in retrospect? I’ve been thinking a lot about naming my glazes with better names.  In my studio they are named in a very utilitarian way: name of base glaze + colorant.  And for Etsy, I use descriptive words like “tomato red” and “creamy yellow.” I would like to come up with glaze names that are both descriptive and can stand alone.  If I start doing some custom orders,   I’ll want to have glaze chips where the color can be easily picked out.  So all of this was on my mind when I had this dream about macarons.

Colorful macarons:
colorful macarons

Some of my glazes:
collage of colors

So now I am thinking about food flavors as names of glazes: pistachio, tangerine, lavender, caramel, mango, lemon, red velvet, mint, raspberry, apricot, maple, gingerbread, pineapple…. to name a few.   I still have to ponder all of this, but I am thankful to my dream this morning for helping me think through this!

If you’re a maker, I highly suggest that you enroll in the e-course/ lecture series THINK BIG! by Molly Hatch and Ben Carter. I’m loving it and I’m feeling really energized by it! It’s a 6 week series, but you can start any time and progress at your own pace. Join us!

Trailer: THINK BIG! A branding series for ceramic artists from Molly Hatch on Vimeo.

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