Keavy Murphree is a designer and ceramicist. She enjoys combining precise shapes with organic forms, using a variety of hand-building techniques. Murphree is forever inspired by her children, along with prehistoric and folk art. Her interest in ceramics started at a young age and continued as an undercurrent throughout adulthood. Since 2016, she has worked towards a full-time sculpture practice after more than a decade working in design and product management. She received her B.F.A. in industrial design from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana. Murphree lives and works in Nashville, TN, with her family.
Using a variety of hand-building techniques, I incorporate texture, limited color, and dimensional, graphic elements into my work. I think about the ways in which different elements work together; starting with basic organic and geometric forms and shapes, and how this will fill the three dimensional space in a simplified manner. I then consider how texture and color will enhance and balance the overall aesthetic of the piece. I also think about visual hierarchy and how the viewer will engage with the work.
I’m currently working on two series: Horny Beasts and FACES. In FACES, I'm exploring modern beauty conventions, vanity, emotional expression, and perception. On a basic level, the designer in me wants to create harmonious, beautiful objects designed to intrigue and delight. I think this is best exemplified in the mostly-horned creatures I create. They are FUN, cute, and irreverent!