Tim Murphy Alternative Fired Pottery (ceramic)

portrait_MurphyIn 2008, and after many years of fascination with pottery, I finally started working with clay.  Initially I hand-built pots, then started on the wheel and read anything and everything about pottery.  I am a self-taught potter who is obsessed with clay and fire.  My inspiration is found from other artists regardless of their medium.
My focus is on alternative fired pottery; Raku, sagger, horse hair, and pit fired techniques which create heat induced chemical reaction finishes using organics and other materials, often without the use of traditional glaze.  Materials used include saw dust and wood chips, straw, leaves, glazes, corn husks, salt, Epson salt, baking soda, cooper sulfate, banana peels, ferric chloride, sugar, paper, horse hair, feathers, steel wool, and cooper wire.
Raku is filled with glorious highs and devastating lows. The violence and heat the clay the clay undergoes can create immediate gratification and glory in creation or catastrophic failure as your perfect pot cracks or shatters.  This may be best expressed by the late great potter Paul Soldner, “In the spirit of Raku, there is the necessity to embrace the element of surprise.  There can be no fear of losing what was once planned and there must be an urge to grow along with the discovery of the unknown. Make no demands, expect nothing, follow no absolute plan, be secure in change, learn to accept another solution and, finally, prefer to gamble on your own intuition.”
I am very fortunate to have a fully functioning pottery studio in my home with lots of windows and a couple of cats to keep me humble.  Coeur d’Alene, Idaho is where I was born & reared.  For over a decade I lived in California, first in Morro Bay and then Monterey.  For a time I lived on the beach in Rosarito, Baja California, Mexico.
Each of my pots is a unique and one of a kind work of art. Handle with care, protect from prolonged direct sunlight and to clean simply wipe with a micro fiber cloth or rinse with water and let dry. The pots are decorative and not intended for food or prolonged contact with water

I hope you will enjoy owning my pottery as much as I did making it.