Tell us about yourself!
I’m Katey Murphy and I grew up in the suburbs of Philadelphia, but now I live in Richmond, VA. I began working with glass in high school, when my art teacher found a scholarship to a hot glass class at the Crefeld School and I really haven’t looked back. I went to Tyler School of Art for undergrad, and I am currently a second year graduate student at Virginia Commonwealth University.
What draws you to the material you work with, and why have you chosen the processes that you use in your work?
Initially, I was drawn to blowing glass and the dance that happens in the hot shop. Currently, I mostly use cold glass processes, because I feel I can work at my own pace and manipulate the material in a more precise way.
What themes do you pursue in your work?
Over the past few years, I’ve been making work about distorting reflection through the use of manipulated mirrors. Recently, I have been creating happenings—spaces for performance and conversation about food and family—through the use of handmade meals.
What is your dream project?
I’m working on it now! I’m combining my processes of working with mirrors and working with food for my graduate thesis exhibition. Stay tuned for the show in April!
Why are you a member of GAS?
The people I’ve met in the glass community have been some of the most passionate and supportive artists I’ve had the pleasure of getting to know. I’m a member of GAS to stay connected to the community, to have interesting and challenging dialogues, and to learn more about glass through lenses other than my own.
See more of Katey's work here.