Taking Flight Paula Murray

24 × 21 × 6 inches
60.96 × 53.34 × 15.24 cm

In her Quebec studio, ceramic artist Paula Murray uses her own recipe for porcelain clay that she hand-shapes into intricate pieces and permits the natural drying tensions between her mediums to create unusual abstract shapes. Inspired by forms and patterns found in nature, Murray’s work often reflects the deeply spiritual connection between humans and the natural world. Shaped like a shell from the sea, with its earthy brown colour and contrasting veining, ‘Taking Flight’ signals a new direction for Murray’s work. As an avid ocean sailor, was Murray inspired by sea life? This delicate porcelain shell pushes the boundaries of traditional fired clay. “I am always working with high fired porcelain, so the pieces look like they are holding on by a thread but they are actually quite strong.” Paula Murray She has received many honours and international awards and was elected into the RCA in 2006. Murray’s work has been gifted by the Canadian government to dignitaries such as US President George W. Bush and UN Secretary Kofi Annan. Murray’s pieces can be found in private and public collections including the Canadian Museum of Civilization, the Banff Centre, the Gardiner Museum, Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec, the Official Residence of the Prime Minister in Canada and Canada House in London, England.

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