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© Nathalie Marquez Courtney
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Cara Murphy

Cara Murphy Silversmith
Contact
English
Hours:
By appointment only
Phone:
+44 7811958807
© Nathalie Marquez Courtney

Continuing family traditions

  • • Cara often combines silver with other materials
  • • Her silverware is influenced by the environment
  • • She learned enamelling after winning a funding award

Growing up in Northern Ireland to a silversmith father and an enameller mother, Cara Murphy was immersed in creativity. It was inevitable, then, that she would go to art school, but she didn’t know if she would choose the same path as her parents. She initially toyed with graphic design, before realising that the act of making was what she was really passionate about. After studying silversmithing and jewellery in Glasgow and London, she returned home to Northern Ireland. She now works alongside her father in a shared workshop, creating nature-inspired silver tableware, often with enamel accents, after learning her mother’s skill of enamelling.

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Works

  • © David Pauley
  • © David Pauley
  • © David Pauley
Photo: © David Pauley
Blossom Bowls

Organic patterns applied to the surface of these silver bowls are highlighted by the refraction of light produced by the transparent orange shade of the vitreous enamel.

Photo: © David Pauley
Bubble Bowls

The organic patterns applied to the surface of these blue shade enamel silver bowls are highlighted by the refraction of light created by the transparent shade of the vitreous enamel.

Photo: © David Pauley
Grass Bowls

These four silver bowls have each been finished with a different shade of vitreous enamel. Each bowl is glazed in a gradually darker colour, from yellow to green, representing different shades of grass.

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