Karel J. H. Murphy

Medium:  Glass

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718 SE 5th Street

Newport, Oregon 97365


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Karel Murphy of Karel Murphy Designs is a Newport-based artist who works in three different mediums: mosaics, fused glass, and gemstone and glass jewelry. The main focus in her work is the use of color, and her work is often times bright and bold. Her designs are influenced by Native American motifs, animals, birds and designs using a flow of colors and textures.

Hot mosaics include design elements that are melted or "fused" in a glass kiln. These elements can be a part of a design or can be the whole design which is how Karel creates her mosaic artwork. Each mosaic includes multiple small pieces of hand-cut glass which are used to add shading and detail to her mosaics. Her preference for hot mosaics is to keep the colors vivid and bright without the presence of grout.

Fused glass provides several avenues of creative expression and continues to evolve with new techniques. The process that Karel uses is to layer glass in a design and then fire it in a kiln so that the layers melt together. Textural effects of the glass will change depending on how long the glass is fired and the degree of heat that is used. Several firings may take place to get the desired effect. Karel fuses glass to make functional and decorative pieces, as well as jewelry. She also makes hand-cut buttons that are small, wearable pieces of art that can be used to embellish clothing and accessories.

The gemstone and beaded jewelry that Karel designs uses semi-precious gemstones, precious metals, high quality beads, and fused glass. She emphasizes the use of color, and looks for combinations of unusual shapes and cuts of stones and beads which add to the textural quality of her jewelry.

Karel has studied with mosaic, glass, and jewelry artists in the Pacific Northwest, and is a member of the Oregon Glass Guild, the Society of American Mosaic Artists, the Oregon Coast Mosaic Artist’s Guild, the Artist Studio Association, and the Oregon Coast Council of the Arts.