Artist and maker Abigail Murray has been living and working in Ann Arbor since 2003. After years of working on installations and collaborations with architects, events in her life and in the world drew her attention to function. She wants to make things that are useful and beautiful, that people she likes might want, and could afford to buy. Slip casting and hand building with porcelain, and exploring some of the same ideas of layering, light, and texture she did in her sculptural work Abigail makes pieces she hope will be a part of people’s daily lives.
Abigail Murray creates simple, utilitarian forms with complex surfaces of found and created textures. She explores ideas of pattern, layering and light referencing the repetition and precision of technology while delighting in the subtle imperfections of the entirely handmade.
Abigail received her MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art and spent years making sculpture and installations before her ideas turned toward function. Inspired by a request for dishes from a friend and the intimacy of the relationship between pots and their users, she founded her brand in 2012. All pieces are made by her in her studio in Detroit, using a combination of hand building and slip casting techniques.
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