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Clair Murphy

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Artwork for Clair Murphy

Rush bread basket

Rush table mats

Rush bench cushion

Coiling rush plait

Rush platter basket

Rush tray


How would you describe the work you do and why?: 

Rush is a textural material, and I tend to weave it into functional baskets. I am constantly fascinated by single strands of material becoming strong, 3D objects which are beautiful and useful.

For you what does being an artist mean?: 

When I started making baskets I felt my hands had found what they were meant to do. There is a rhythm to basketmaking, both in terms of the seasons - I cut rush from rivers in summer, dry it and then weave the rest of the year - and in the making - where weaves form their own mathematical patterns as they grow.

Describe what you call yourself/your practice?: 

I am a basketmaker making baskets from rush.

Your practice & activities include e.g workshops, teaching: 

I generally make to commission as well as selling online and through galleries. In normal years I teach regularly, holding monthly courses in my workshop in Presteigne. I also teach across the UK; this year I am teaching at the Basketmakers' Association's Summer School in Harrogate.

CV & Education, relevant & leading to your artistic practice: 

In 2011 I completed a four year City and Guilds advanced diploma in basketmaking at the City Lit Institute in London.

Your gallery outlets/stockists: 

Old Mayor's Parlour, Hereford

Venues Description: 
St Michael's Church, Discoed The Lion Ballroom, Leominster
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