During Michele's visit to Detroit last Fall, she dashed around visiting as many Detroit fabricators and artists as possible. Many were located downtown, so they were nearby, but none were closer than Abigail Murray's Ceramic Studio, located just 1 block from Michele's family in Indian Village! Michele and her husband took a leisurely stroll up the block and met Abigail for the first time.
Talk about living the dream - Abigail's family had recently moved in and transformed the lofty carriage house into a ceramics studio (photo'd above). They probably have windows by now from which they will be able to see the amazing garden that surrounds the carriage house.
Abigail Murray creates simple, utilitarian forms with complex surfaces of found and created textures. She explores ideas of pattern, layering and light referencing the repetition and precision of technology while delighting in the subtle imperfections of the entirely handmade.
Abigail received her MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art and spent years making sculpture and installations before her ideas turned toward function. Inspired by a request for dishes from a friend and the intimacy of the relationship between pots and their users, she founded her brand in 2012. All pieces are made by her in her studio in Detroit, using a combination of hand building and slip casting techniques.