Irish artist Anne
Murphy has been enamelling for over thirty years. She
was introduced to the craft at the Crawford School
of Art in Cork and continued her studies in Belfast, graduating in 1973. A bursary to Norway the following year allowed her to attend
a Folk School where students were encouraged to work creatively
in a variety of media.
Anne obtained a teacher qualification in the National College
of Art & Design, Dublin,
but her ultimate goal was to establish her own workshop as a freelance artist. The following five years were spent in a craft studio in Drogheda where she honed her skills and undertook a variety of commissions for
churches, schools and private collections.
Finally, in 1981 Anne was able to realise her dream when she purchased an 'old house with potential' near Bagenalstown, Co. Carlow. There she built a workshop and set about restoring the house and creating a natural stream
- the perfect setting for developing new ideas and providing constant inspiration for her work.
Christian iconography, heritage and the natural world has been a lifelong interest and influenced her work. Anne has created enamelled pictures of birds, flowers, animals, symbols and religious images. Her unique pieces have been bought and presented as gifts to Presidents, Bishops and to ordinary folk worldwide!