Adult Classes

Visiting Artist Workshop

Visiting Artist Workshop

Drawing & Patterning on Pots

Courtney Murphy

Oct 10 - 12 | thu | 6:00PM - 9:00PM | fri + sat | 9:30AM - 4:30PM

$195 Members
$234 Non-Members


Courtney Murphy


Ceramics Studio

Skill Level



Your class fee provides one bag of clay, firing, glazing and 2 weeks of open studio after the class. Additional clay $12 to $20 per bag. Practice pots will be provided.

Sponsored by the Teton MudPots

Take your pottery a higher level with Montana ceramist, Courtney Murphy. In this 2 ½ day workshop, students will explore how to decorate on their greenware and bisque ware pots. Courney will demonstrate how she throws on the wheel but the emphasis will be the multitude of decoration techniques on white clay bodies, such as showing a variety of different ways to decorate on top of slip- sgraffito, paper resist, sticker resist, shellac as a resist, carving, slip trailing and using wax as a resist.

Artist Bio
Courtney first began working with clay while living in Brooklyn, NY. After several years of working for potters around the city, she moved to Portland to study Ceramics at Oregon College of Art & Craft. In 2009 she came to Montana where she completed a two year artist-in-residence at the Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts in Helena. She fell in love with Montana, and after a short term residency at Red Lodge Clay Center, and a long term residency at the Clay Studio of Missoula, she decided to settle in Missoula where she recently finished building a home studio.

Her work has been shown nationally and internationally, and has been featured in many books and magazines including American Craft and Ceramics Monthly. In 2011 she was chosen as an emerging artist by Ceramics Monthly. Her designs are influenced by simplified abstractions of nature, children's artwork, folk art, mid-century modern forms and shapes, as well as patterns and textiles. She is compelled by the variation found in handmade objects and likes the personal connection that they help to create as they leave her studio to become part of somebody’s daily routine.