Stephen Murfitt | An addiction to working with clay
Born 1953 in the Cambridgeshire fen village of Little Downham I attended Soham Grammar School. Most of my time in the sixth form was spent in the art room, an oasis of humanity within a very strict all-boys school. It was here that I developed my addiction to working with clay. The Art teacher, Peter Askem encouraged me to apply for the Foundation Course in Art & Design at the Cambridge School of Art. This was an excellent 2-year course which included regular life drawing classes as well as an introduction to many different areas of potential specialism for future degree level study. My first experience of Raku Firing took place here, under the guidance of the pottery teacher, Zoe Ellison.
|Stephen Murfitt | Walled bowl with lustred interior|
|Stephen Murfitt | White angular vessel|
[I] set about combining teaching Art in various schools and colleges with developing my own work.
We both feel very fortunate to have experienced the rare and life-changing Art education available at Farnham in those days.
For several years now Terry and I have managed to make a living from selling our work as practising artists. We both feel very fortunate to have experienced the rare and life-changing Art education available at Farnham in those days.