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Ceramics Artist Courtney Murphy to Lead Workshop Jan. 28-29

Courtney Murphy will lead a visiting artist workshop Monday and Tuesday, Jan. 28-29, in the Old Dominion Ceramics Studio.

Faculty, staff, students and community members are invited to participate in the free workshop. Murphy, who currently is a resident artist at the Clay Studio of Missoula in Montana, will demonstrate throwing, glazing and hand-building methods for pottery.

"Participants will experience her unique blend of elegant thrown and hand-built slip and majolica decorated forms and her thoughtful surface design. All students will benefit from this informative demonstration," said Richard Nickel, associate professor of art at ODU.

The workshop sessions are scheduled from 3-8 p.m. Monday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday in the Studio Art Building, 1028 46th St., at Monarch Way. Participants are invited to attend at any point during these times. Murphy will also give slide lectures at 7 p.m. Monday and 4 p.m. Tuesday.

Murphy studied ceramics at Oregon College of Art & Craft in Portland, where she earned a post-baccalaureate degree. She later completed a two-year ceramic residency at Odyssey Center for the Ceramic Arts in Asheville, N.C., and a residency at the Archie Bray Foundation in Helena, Mont.

Her designs are influenced by simplified abstractions of nature, children's artwork, folk art, mid-century modern forms and shapes, as well as textiles, patterns and historical pots. For more information about Murphy, visit her website: http://www.courtneymurphy.net.

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