Catherine Murphy Designs
Member of the Southern Highland Craft Guild
It was during my career as a construction welder that I discovered the beauty of copper and became totally absorbed with its possibilities as a creative medium . I attended workshops with master craftsmen in search of the knowledge to express my original ideas and vision. In one of these workshops I learned about a radical way to develop forms in metal, using the simplest of tools.
Using a hammer, a vise, an anvil, and oxy-acetylene torch, I employ a technique of metalworking whereby the metal is folded, forged, annealed, and unfolded, resulting in dramatic three dimensional forms. These highly texturized, sculpted pieces are then combined and joined through welding and riveting to create abstract wall hangings and vessels. I begin with a vision, constantly striving to reveal the true organic nature of the copper and to capture the movement of the material and it's tactile quality. My goal is to continue seeking new challenges which fulfill a deeper appreciation for a material that keeps me grounded and connected.