Bruce Murray

Bruce Murray began his career hand-building pottery in Berkeley in the 1960s. Eventually he attended the summer Pond Farm workshops founded by Marguerite Wildenhain, in 1969, 1971 and 1973. Bruce says on his website, "The first time I met Marguerite I told her that I wanted to move to Vermont and set up a pottery studio. She looked me straight in the eye and said, “I can save you ten years.” This proved to be an understatement." In 1969, along with two other people, he founded the South Road Pottery in Bradford, Vermont. The pottery is located in an eighteenth century barn which has been renovated into a studio and showroom. Although the area was originally remote, it is now more readily accessible to the public. The Beaker Vase in the Pond Farm Collection was created by Murray in the Barnabas style in 2003. It is faux Jordan stoneware, incised with white slip and is glazed and fired at cone 6. Murray commented about the vase that he uses the Pond Farm tradition to create contemporary work. The tall, cylindrical vase has a bright blue interior. The exterior is buff with bronze designs in geometric abstract shapes suggesting fish and fisherman.
Source of Biography; Ripples: Marguerite Wildenhain and her Pond Farm Students. Curated by Billie Sessions. San Bernardino, CA: California State University, 2002; Pond Farm Collection: Works of Art Created by Students Who Studied with Marguerite Wildenhain at her Pond Farm Studio. Text by Jane Kemp. Decorah, IA: Luther College, 2003
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Pond Farm Works