Courtney Murphy first began working with clay while living in Brooklyn, NY. After several years of working for potters around the city, she moved to Portland to study ceramics at the Oregon College of Art & Craft. After graduating, Murphy spent three and a half months at a residency in Denmark. In 2006, clay led her back across the country to Asheville, NC to begin a two year residency at Odyssey Center for the Ceramic Arts. Currently, Courtney Murphy is an artist-in-residence at the Archie Bray Foundation in Helena, MT where she has been creating modern hand-built and wheel-thrown tableware and decorative wall hangings.