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frog on a lily pad stake

by Catherine Murphy
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A Leap in Creativity

Captivated by copper's warm, autumnal color and its malleable qualities, Catherine Murphy and her team have transformed this ubiquitous metal--used to create American's smallest coinage, the penny--into one-of-a-kind artworks. Using a hammer, vise, anvil, and oxy-acetylene torch, they fold, forge, and anneal the copper transforming it into a three-dimensional frog perched on two gorgeously patinated lily pads. To give each hopper personality, each piece is enlivened with eye-catching abstract details, like wide, spiraled eyes and a fly-catching tongue springing from his gaping mouth. This amphibious attraction brings a splash of creativity and artistry wherever he lands. Handmade in North Carolina.

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8" L x 4.5" W x 2.5" H; Stake: 36" H
Finished with a clear coat, designed for year-round outdoor use.
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Catherine Murphy

Catherine Murphy

Growing up in a military family, Catherine Murphy spent her childhood traveling around the world and experiencing every locale's characteristic outdoor sites. Eventually, she settled in North Carolina and started a career working with metal and helping to create impressive high-rise construction projects, but Catherine never lost her fascination with the natural world and she longed to fuse her passion for nature with her talent for metalworking. Her outlet for this irresistible desire came in the form of one, especially intriguing metal: copper. collection

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