Kathryn Murphy grew up in Philadelphia, and began exploring craft as a preteen when her grandfather taught her how to use his hand-built kick wheel to make pottery. Her fascination with material grew after taking a glass blowing class in high school, which led to receiving a BFA from Tyler School of Art in 2014. Since graduating, Murphy has worked at the Chrysler Museum of Art Glass Studio, and taught glass construction classes at Salem Community College.
Murphy’s work suggests ideas surrounding the awareness of the beautiful in fairy tales and popular culture, and the role of the individual in comparison to the community. While she was taught traditional glass blowing techniques, Murphy tends to use glass as a viewing tool for mundane objects, such as human hair, beauty products, and foliage. She often works in repetition, referencing the rituals of a woman’s daily beauty routine, and how this corresponds with a methodic practice of a craft.