Stephen Murfitt

Stephen has been developing his ideas in ceramics for over 30 years. The work has been primarily concerned with an exploration of form and surface.
Each piece is handbuilt combining a variety of techniques. A bisque firing to C1020° is followed by the Raku firing with the related ‘smoked’ reduction process.

His work has been exhibited widely at home and abroad, and is held in many public, private and corporate collections. My addiction to working with clay began at Soham Grammar School in the 60’s. Encouraged by the art teacher, Peter Askem, he progressed on to the excellent two year foundation course at Cambridge School of Art. It was here that he experienced my first Raku firing under the guidance of the pottery tutor, Zoe Ellison.

‘Having identified ceramics as my main area of study, I was accepted onto the B.A. (Hons) course in three-dimensional design at Farnham School of Art. This course, run by Henry Hammond and Paul Barron, proved to be a rare and inspirational experience. Influences were plentiful: Sebastian Blackie (tutor), Duncan Ross (technician), Dave Burns and Magdeline Odundo (fellow students) to name but a few!

This was followed by a post graduate year at Middlesex Polytechnic (Hornsey College) where I completed the Art Teachers Certificate.
Since then I have combined teaching in various schools and colleges with developing my own work. After ten years in Wiltshire working as the pottery tutor at Marlborough College, I returned to establish the current workshop in my native fens at Wicken in Cambridgeshire.’

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