Grass Bowls

Grass Bowls

Description: These four silver bowls have each been finished with a different shade of vitreous enamel. Each bowl is glazed in a gradually darker colour, from yellow to green, representing different shades of grass.
Techniques: Deep drawing. Basse taille enamelling
Materials: Silver and vitreous enamel Year Made: 2017
Dimensions: 5cm x 5cm x 2cm each
Photographer: David Pauley


Blossom Bowls

Description: Created using the technique of basse taille enamelling these blossom bowls are a burst of yellow.
Techniques: Deep drawing. Basse taille enamelling
Materials: Silver and vitreous enamel Year Made: 2018
Dimensions: 5cm x 5cm x 2cm and 3cm x 3cm x 1.5cm
Photographer: David Pauley


Blossom Bowls

Description: 'Sense of Place’ consists of one hundred small (3cm) silver bowls, each adorned with vitreous enamel to convey with their own intimate narrative. Each bowl borders with another allowing the viewer to reflect on the vulnerability and beauty of the natural landscape.
Techniques: Deep drawing. Basse taille enamelling
Materials: Silver and vitreous enamel Year Made: 2017
Dimensions: 3cm x 3cm x 1.5cm each
Photographer: David Pauley


Cara Murphy

Selected for PORTFOLIO: Critical Selection 2019-2020

Cara Murphy utilises traditional silversmithing techniques to create innovative and sculptural tableware and objects. In 2016, she won the Rosy James Memorial Award, a bursary administered by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, which enabled her to learn the process of vitreous enamelling from her mother, Deirdre McCrory, a renowned enameller and printmaker.  

Cara’s current work has embraced her new learnings, resulting in the creation of numerous series of bowls, each bursting with colours and textures evoking those found in the Irish landscape. The bowls are created using the technique of basse taille enamelling and deep drawing. The organic patterns created on the surface of the silver are highlighted by the refraction of light through the coloured enamel. 

Cara trained at The Glasgow School of Art, Scotland and the Royal College of Art, London. She is a Freeman of the Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths and works mainly to commission.


Aberdeen Art Gallery, Scotland
Arts Council of Northern Ireland
Arts Council of Ireland
Department of Foreign Affairs, Ireland
National Museum of Ireland
Queens University Collection, Belfast
St Columb’s Cathedral, Derry
St. Anne’s Cathedral, Belfast
Shipley Art Gallery, UK
The Silver Trust Collection at 10 Downing Street, UK
Ulster Museum, Belfast
Numerous private collections nationally and internationally

Selected Awards

Arts Council of Northern Ireland Individual Arts Award
Rosy James Memorial Award
Arts Council of Northern Ireland Individual Arts Award
RDS Award of Excellence and California Gold Medal, National Crafts Competition
1st Prize Gold, Silver & Alternative Materials, RDS National Crafts Competition
Arts Council of Northern Ireland Individual Arts Award
Major Individual Artist’s Award, Arts Council of Northern Ireland

Selected Exhibitions

Solo Exhibitions

Metalanguage: Cara Murphy, Barbican, London, UK 
New Silverware, Roger Billcliffe Gallery, Glasgow, Scotland

Group Exhibitions and Fairs

Surface Matters,Dublin Castle; Artesania Catalunya CCAM, Barcelona, Spain and National Design & Craft Gallery, Kilkenny 
COLLECT, with Contemporary Applied Arts, London, UK
Masterpiece, with Adrian Sassoon, London, UK (and 2017) 
Best of Europe, Homo Faber, Venice, Italy 
The Miniaturists, The Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh, Scotland 
Narratives in Making, National Craft Gallery, Kilkenny and Ruthin 
Craft Centre, Ruthin, Wales 
Global Irish Design Challenge, National Design & Craft Gallery, Kilkenny 
New Makers, Contemporary Applied Arts, London, UK 
Jubilee, Gallery for Jewellery, Pforzheim, Germany 
Colour Theory, Contemporary Applied Arts, London, UK
Silver Speaks, V&A Museum, London, UK
Global Irish Design Challenge, Dublin Castle, Dublin
The Irish Connection, The Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh, Scotland
PORTFOLIO @ Solomon: Metal and Stone, Solomon Fine Art, Dublin
Side by Side, National Craft Gallery, Kilkenny; Centre Culturel Irlandais, Paris
Murphy Family, The Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh, Scotland
PORTFOLIO, RHA Gallery, Dublin
Feast of Silver, Fortnum and Mason, London, UK
A Spoonful of Silver, Belton House, Lincolnshire, UK
Hammered, Museet pa Koldinghus, Denmark
Hopeaa ja emalia, Höyry-galleria and Finnish Craft Museum, Finland
Contemporary Silver, A Selling Exhibition, Christies, London, UK
CultureCRAFT, London Street Gallery, Derry and National Craft Gallery
Rocks, Goldsmiths Centre, London, UK
Future Beauty?, National Craft Gallery, Kilkenny; Farmleigh Gallery, Dublin
Royal Ulster Academy Annual Exhibition, Ulster Museum, Belfast
Fit for Purpose, V&A Museum, London, UK
RDS National Crafts Competition, Dublin
My Place, Bluecoat Display Centre, Liverpool, UK
26 Treasures, Ulster Museum, Belfast
Arts Council Collection, Parliament Buildings, Stormont, Belfast
Thirty, Flowerfield Arts Centre, Co. Antrim
PORTFOLIO, National Craft Gallery, Kilkenny
MATERIAL poetry, The American Irish Historical Society, New York, USA
Contemporary British Silversmiths, V&A Museum, London, UK
Objects of Light, Danish Museum of Art & Design, Copenhagen, Denmark
PORTFOLIO, National Craft Gallery, Kilkenny
Designers and Makers, FE McWilliams Gallery, Banbridge
Side x Side : Edge > Edge, Häme Castle, Finland
Object, National Craft Gallery, Kilkenny
COLLECT, Saatchi Gallery, London, UK
Silver Sounds, Queens University, Belfast
Connect: Eat and Drink, Hillsborough Courthouse, Belfast
A Pinch of Salt, Goldsmiths Hall, London, UK
Silver Sounds, Queens University, Belfast
Connect: Eat and Drink, Hillsborough Courthouse, Belfast
You’ll Never Walk Alone, Bluecoat Display Centre, Liverpool, UK; National Craft Gallery, Kilkenny
Moments of Indulgence, Millennium Galleries, Sheffield, UK
Connect, Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, UK
A Dynamic of Change, Smithsonian Institute, Washington, USA
Making Changes: Contemporary Craft in Northern Ireland, Ormeau Baths Gallery, Belfast; Millennium Court Arts Centre, Co. Armagh

Gallery Representation

Adrian Sassonn, London, UK
Contemporary Applied Arts, London, UK

Contact Details:

Cara Murphy
Blessington House
18 Ballynahinch Street
Co. Down

T. + 44 78 1195 8807