Artisan Spotlight: Gretchen Murchison
The act of using my hands as a tool directed my path to be a clay artisan. My whole life I’ve been a maker of handmade wares. I have worked with many mediums such as textiles, paints, paper, cardboard and eventually clay. Clay became my most communicative medium.
I take pleasure in the challenge clay provides as I create vessels that appear soft, supple, fluid and voluminous. The organic forms and fluid shapes I create represent the growth, a sort of blooming, I’ve experienced as an artisan. This adoration fueled my journey as a ceramic artist.
My designs are motivated by practicality and function paired with an admiration for beauty. The blooming bowls I create are largely influenced by floras, botanicals and organic shapes in nature. With each piece an overall design plan is made, but each curve and undulation made by my fingers is organic in the moment. The clay responds to my touch that determines the way it will go.
I enjoy designing vessels that imbibe beauty while being tangible. It is important to me that my pieces become a part of the life within a home. When an observer has the desire to hold, investigate, and utilize a vessel I’ve created, that’s when I feel functionality and beauty have melded cohesively.