Courtney Murphy began working in clay while living in Brooklyn, NY. After several years of working for potters around the city, she moved to Portland, OR and received a post-baccalaureate in ceramics from the Oregon College of Art and Craft. Courtney moved to Montana in the summer of 2009 for a ceramic residency at the Archie Bray Foundation. She just moved to Missoula to begin a residency at the Clay Studio this summer.
My designs are influenced by simplified abstractions of nature, children’s artwork, folk art, mid-century modern forms and shapes, as well as many books on ceramics, design and textiles. I am intrigued by the variation and imperfections found in hand-made objects, and the ways in which these marks reflect the maker of the piece. A slight change in the profile or image on a cup determines whether a person will be drawn to one over another. It is interesting when a particular object speaks to me, and I decide that I’d like to have it in my life.
Audrey Rosulek was born and raised in the state of Montana. She received a BFA from The University of Montana in 2002. Audrey's functional ceramic work has been featured in juried exhibitions throughout the nation. She was awarded first place in The National Cup Show at Barrett Clay Works in 2010, and was selected to participate in the Beyond the Brickyard juried exhibition at the Archie Bray Foundation in 2011. Recently Audrey was selected by Ceramics Monthly as one of their 2012 Emerging Artists.
Chad Steve received his BFA from University of Wisconsin-Stout and his MFA from University of Hawaii at Manoa. He has worked as an adjunct professor and lab technician at the University of Hawaii. Recently, he has been selected to participate in the ICMEA (International Ceramic Magazine Editors Association) 2013 Emerging Artist Competition in Fuping, China. Chad is to be a long-term A.I.R. at the Clay Studio of Missoula starting this October.
Concerned with innovation and function I treat each piece as a small sculpture. With consideration of line, mass, and balance I find an arrangement that displays a strong visual presence within each piece. Constructing both sculptural and utilitarian ceramics I am most intrigued by the way we connected and interact with objects in our daily lives.
Casey Zablocki was born and raised in the Upper Peninsula and is currently a ceramic artist residing in Denver, Colorado. He received his BFA from Finlandia University and studied ceramic design in Kuopio, Finland. He spent one year working and studying as an apprentice to Peter Callas and as a special student at Montana State. He has showed in both national and international exhibitions. Casey will be starting his residency at the Clay Studio in October 2013
I believe in form and function, craft and industry, which all need to be considered to create a balance in beauty. Knowing beauty is just a perception it allows me to use clay as a natural vehicle to transport my ideas. My ideas are influenced by my past and my present surroundings. I find acceptance that each idea will not be successful and believe if I continue the process of creating, my perception of success will change. I find wood firing to be the most efficient artistic tool in finishing my work.
Lilly Zuckerman is from Pittsburgh and grew up nearby in rural Greensburg, PA. The ground there has deposits of sticky orange clay and so her richly colored clay not only holds the vast history of earthenware ceramics but also that of her home.
In 2010 Lilly received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Ceramics with an Art History minor from Penn State University in University Park, PA. While at Penn State she was funded to conduct research in Morocco about contemporary ceramics. The country’s architecture of adobe houses, diverse geology from the Sahara Desert to the Atlas Mountains, and the unglazed earthenware cooking vessels continue to be strong influences on her work.