about us

fluxed earth (Fe)

“Fluxed earth” is how the eminent British ceramicist Ewen Henderson described clay.  To us, this term beautifully characterises the almost alchemical but certainly earthly-chemical nature of the material that we use to create our vessels and objects, and its transformation through fire.

Fluxed earth abbreviates to Fe: the symbol for iron, the element that provides much of the colour and texture used in our work.  We focus on traditional Chinese and Japanese iron-based glazes.  The clay bodies we use are also rich in iron and we frequently add iron-rich stone inclusions during the making process.

We are Kirstie Murdoch and Rye Senjen: ceramicists based in Castlemaine, Victoria, Australia.

Kirstie Murdoch:

My ceramic practice focuses on hand building sculptural/functional vessels and exploring textures and colours of found ceramic materials

Rye Senjen

I have a gestural and spontaneous approach to creating ceramics. My making is influenced by my studies in Sanskrit, time spent in Japan and a deep connection to Asia since my teenage years.

I trained in ceramics at the Dunedin School of Art, Otago, Aotearoa/New Zealand, with a special interest in glazing.

fluxed earth stands on Dja Dja Wurrung country

We acknowledge the Dja Dja Wurrung people as the traditional custodians of the land on which we live and make our ceramics.  We pay our deep respects to all Elders past, present and emerging.