pattie murray ceramic artist
I have always been a maker, even as a small child I would build, draw and create. From the first day of pottery class I knew I was where I was meant to be and it has been where I have tried to stay. I have a strong aesthetic and although I do change my decoration style or method, all my pieces belong together. I think of them as a family. As a family each piece is unique but has characteristics of each other.
Making - I don't think two days are the same. Each will have some clay preparation, throwing, turning pieces so they dry evenly, checking if pieces are at the right stage for what I need to do like add a handle, turn the base or apply decoration. Pieces aren't made in a day, they are worked on over days or in the case of teapots, a couple of weeks. Pottery/ceramics certainly isn't for the impatient. I love making and don't think I will every retire from making. It is part of who I am and my family are resigned to the fact that wherever we go, the first consideration is if there is studio space. - Pattie Murray