SILVER, ENAMEL AND WENGE WOOD
The oblong silver base supporting a wenge wood holder on which rests the parcel-gilt and enamelled blotter, pen rests, paper holder, bowls and clock, the enamel by Deirdre McCrory
63 cm. long
CARA MURPHY (b.1969)
Cara Murphy was born in Lisburn, Northern Ireland and trained as a silversmith at Glasgow School of Art and the Royal College of Art, London. Since the early 1990’s Cara has run her silversmithing practice from Northern Ireland creating silverware for both private and public commission.
Her silver tableware is represented in many national and international public and private collections including the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, the Ulster Museum, the National Museum of Ireland, the Shipley Art Gallery, Newcastle Upon Tyne and the Aberdeen Art Gallery.
Cara works mainly to commission and exhibits her silverware internationally. Her award winning silver has been showcased in numerous high profile applied art and silversmithing exhibitions. During her career Cara has also created many prestigious awards, which have been presented by prominent dignitaries.
Cara, who is a Freeman of the Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths, has her work represented and promoted by both the Crafts Council of Ireland’s Irish Craft Portfolio: Critical Selection and Craft NI’s C3 (Collecting Contemporary Craft).
In addition to her practice Cara leads research in contemporary silversmithing at Belfast School of Art, University of Ulster where she is an Associate Lecturer in Silversmithing and Jewellery.