Born in Vancouver and raised in the Yukon, Laura Murdoch has found inspiration in the intense vibrant colorings of her surroundings. For over ten years, the artist studied glass blowing and worked alongside the William Morris Team at the Pilchuck Glass School (Stanwood, WA).
This series of vessels is the result of Murdoch’s recent interest in patterned amphoric shapes. Departing from previous work, this series of vessels is smaller and heavier – with some vessels reaching fifteen pounds. Their heft is a result of encasing numerous layered patterns inside glass, an advancement in Murdoch’s labor-intensive patterning process. With each new layer, the object is cooled, patterned in a sandblaster, and reheated for continuation. The open and humble shape of Murdoch’s newest vessels permits the viewer to concentrate on colour and pattern. By cutting the object in cross section, the artist brings into sharp focus the intricacy of the layered internal structure. “Each outer layer becomes a window, allowing partial glimpses through to the inner layers.” For this reason, the artist has chosen to call this new work Looking Glass: Apertura Series.