The second person I'm going to introduce from the Making It programme is Malcolm Murchison
A graduate of the Ulster University (1980) 3D Design - Ceramics
I have enjoyed a busy career which included making creatively from time to time, though most significantly to date, I was responsible for the management and development of a Local Authority Arts Centre. One of my primary achievements has been in supporting life-long learning with a passion, through service on Boards , teaching, as well as facility and sectorial development.
Currently I am grateful to have a place on Craft NI’s “Making It” scheme as a full-time potter and artist, working with the ceramic processes. I am hosted by the Ulster University in the Belfast School of Art.
I endeavour to make remarkable ceramics that combine an aesthetic appeal with an entertaining quality. I like to surprise and amuse. I make functional tableware, teapots some of which are more decorative than functional and that often incorporate other materials. I have also produced decorative and sculptural objects such as fantasy inspired flying machines.
Like many or most makers, I follow a calling to make creatively. I have a restless curiosity and a desire to ‘play’ with materials. I love the unique individual qualities of metals, alloys, natural materials including timber, textiles, fibres and of course ceramics.
I have recently been throwing pots in stoneware and porcelain clay bodies for mugs bowls and teapots, however for the exhibition Alchemy, I have made a return to Raku pottery to explore some ‘universal’ themes.
(Raku pottery involves a firing process that requires red hot pottery to be extracted from the kiln at around 1,000 deg Centigrade, then trapped in sawdust before being quenched in water. It is fiery, smokey, steamy and dramatically surprising!)