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Martha Grover Workshop

Undulating - June 21-23, 2013

Martha Grover teaches this three day, hands-on workshop for discovering the idiosyncrasies of working with porcelain on and off the wheel. Participants will learn how to make many of Martha's signature undulating functional forms. Martha will share her special throwing and altering techniques that exploit this elegant and sensuous material's best qualities.

Participants will work with bottomless wheel-thrown forms and slabs in both the soft and leather-hard stages. Martha will demonstrate various altering techniques and the addition of slabs, handles, and spouts to create an assortment of functional forms. These will include her signature cups, bowls, vases, pitchers, lidded forms, and baskets. Each new form will be demonstrated by Martha then practiced by participants, moving from simpler to more complex construction over the course of the three days.

Martha will also address a range of topics of interest to working and aspiring potters, including crack repair and mending, the use of the spray gun for glaze application, successful studio practices, any special topics requested by the class, and her sources of inspiration and philosophy of making. Participants will gain both technical knowledge and insights into Martha's development of a successful body of work.

Class size 16. Beginning throwing experience required.

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Three day Workshop
Hands-on
June 21-23, 2013
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Martha Grover Bio

Martha Grover is a functional potter, creating thrown and altered porcelain pieces. She attended Bennington College in Vermont, where she received her undergraduate degree in Architecture. After going to Syracuse University in New York as a fifth year student in Ceramics, she decided to pursue a graduate degree in clay. In 2007, Martha received her MFA in ceramics from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. Since then she was awarded the Fogelberg Fellowship for a residency at the Northern Clay Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and the Sage Scholarship for a summer residency at the Archie Bray Foundation in Helena, Montana. Martha completed a year long residency at Red Lodge Clay Center in Red Lodge, Montana in August 2009. She received the Taunt Fellowship at the Archie Bray Foundation in 2010. Her work has been published in Ceramics Monthly, Clay Times, 500 Pitchers, 500 Platters and Chargers, and 500 Vases. It was the cover feature of Ceramic Monthly's May 2010 issue.

Martha Grover Artist Statement

I seek to enhance the experience of interacting with functional objects. I work toward creating a sense of elegance for the user while in contact with each porcelain piece. Reminiscent of orchids, flowing dresses, and the body, the work has a sense of familiarity and preciousness.

Direct curves are taken from the female figure, as well as the fluidity of a dancer moving weightlessly across the floor. The space between elements is electrified with anticipation and tension. I think of the fluid visual movement around a piece, as a choreographer would move dancers across a stage. Transmitting desire - there is a sense of revealing and concealing, a layering of details that serves to catch our attention immediately and then the details draw us in, to make a closer inspection.

In our lives, we often move past the objects surrounding us at a very quick pace. My work generates a moment to pause. My goal is create an undeniable presence, one that acts as an invitation to explore the work thoroughly, taking time to know all of its many facets. Only through sustained interaction we can truly know and appreciate someone or something.

Martha Grover Artist Resume

Education:
University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, North Dartmouth MA, MFA, 2004-2007
University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, North Dartmouth MA, Special Student, 2003-2004
Syracuse University, Syracuse NY, Fifth Year in Ceramics, 2002-2003
Bennington College, Bennington VT, BA, 1998-2002
Residencies & Internships:
Archie Bray Foundation Helena MT, Taunt Fellow, September 2009 - August 2011
Red Lodge Clay Center Red Lodge MT, September 2008 - August 2009
Archie Bray Foundation Helena MT, Summer 2008
Northern Clay Center Minneapolis MN, October 2007 - May 2008
Archie Bray Foundation Helena MT, Summer 2007
El Mono Foundation Sayulita, Mexico, February 2002
Women's Studio Workshop Rosendale NY, January 2002
Juried Shows:
19th Strictly Functional Pottery National Market House Craft Center, East Petersburg PA,
Many Barringer - Juror, October 2011
The Shoulders We Stand On Nancy Markoe Gallery, St. Pete Beach FL, March 2011
Teapots V Baltimore Clay Works, Baltimore MD, January 2011
18th Strictly Functional Pottery National Market House Craft Center, East Petersburg PA,
Bill van Gilder - Juror, October 2010
Dining In III: An Artful Experience 18 Hands Gallery, Houston TX, August 2010
Clay on the Wall: 2010 Clay National Texas Tech Univ. School of Art, Lubbock TX, Elaine Henry - Juror, January 2010
Objects of Virtue Bedford Gallery, Walnut Creek CA, Julia Galloway - Juror, December2009
Dining In II: An Artful Experience 18 Hands Gallery, Houston TX, August 2009
5th World Ceramic Biennale World Ceramic Exposition Foundation, Icheon Korea, April 2009
State of Clay Lexington Arts & Craft Society, Lexington MA, Jim Lawton - Juror, April 2009
International Cup Missoula Clay Studio, Missoula MT, Patti Warashina - Juror, February 2009
Cups Galore JFH Studios, New Haven MO, Jeri Au - Juror, November 2008
ArtWorks! Holiday Exhibition Artworks!, New Bedford MA, ArtWorks! Staff - Juror, November 2008
Emerging Potters Exhibition Vessels Gallery, Boston MA, Irina Okula & Richard Aerni Jurors, May 2007
16th San Angelo Nat'l Ceramic Competition San Angelo Museum of Fine Art, San Anglo TX, Ann Lancaster - Juror, June 2006
"Funk"tional National Stretch Gallery, Pineville NC, November 2005
Marge Brown Kalodner Graduate Student Exhibition The Clay Studio, Philadelphia PA, Jeff Guido, Stanley Shapiro, & Marge Brown Kalodner - Jurors, June 2005
NCECA Regional Student Juried Show MICA, Baltimore MD, March 2005
Use It or Lose It Attleboro Museum, Attleboro MA, September 2004
Steamin' Gallery Materia, Scottsdale AZ, July 2004
Solo Exhibitions:
Featured Artist Schaller Gallery, Red Lodge MT, April 2010
Featured Artist Newport Potters Guild, Newport RI, April 2010
Featured Artist 18 Hands Gallery, Houston TX, December 2009
Solo Exhibition Stretch Gallery, Pineville NC, March - June 2006
Solo Exhibit Gallery 8 x 10, Star Store, New Bedford MA, November 2003
Wonderland's Remnants Sarah Coyne Gallery, Syracuse University, Syracuse NY, February 2003
Five Days Visual Arts Performing Arts Overlook, Bennington College, Bennington VT, December 2001
Exhibitions:
Contemporary Ceramics The Mud Room, Emerson Center, Bozeman MT, November 2011
The Intimate Object VII Charlie Cummings Gallery, Gainesville FL, November 2011
30 x 5 AKAR, Iowa City IA, November 2011
Small Works Artisan Gallery, Paoli WI, November 2011
Vertical: An Exhibition of Wall Platters Sagebrush Community Art Center Gallery, Sheridan WY, October 2011
Porcelain: Function, Figuration, and Architectural Form Clay Studio of Missoula, Missoula MT, October 2011
Archie Bray Artists in Residence Exhibition Kolva-Sullivan Gallery, Spokane WA, October 2011
Ceramics Invitational Artisan Gallery, Paoli WI, September 2011
Teapots: Formal to Fanciful Quincy Art Center, Quincy IL, September 2011
Thrown Altered: Vessels Out of Round College of Lake County Wright Gallery, August 2011
Conflux Gallery V, Valley Ford CA, August 2011
Farewell Exhibition Archie Bray Foundation North Gallery, Helena MT, August 2011
Connections and Beyond Red Lodge Clay Center, offsite in Helena MT, June 2011
Resident Exhibition Archie Bray Foundation Warehouse Gallery, Helena MT, June 2011
5th Annual Invitational Teapot Show Craftsman House, St. Petersburg FL, May 2011
National Teapot Show VIII Cedar Creek Gallery, Creedmoor NC, April 2011
White Schaller Gallery, Benton Harbor MI, April 2011
New Work by New Artists Artisan Gallery, Paoli WI, April 2011
For The Table The Clay Studio, Philadelphia PA, March 2011
2011 Functional Ceramic's Exhibition Wayne Center for the Arts Wooster OH, March 2011
Guess Who's Coming to Dinner? Clay Arts Center, Port Chester NY, January 2011
Teapots Clay Studio of Missoula, Missoula MT, January 2011
Holiday Show Gandee Gallery, Fabius NY, November 2010
Simple Cup KOBO Gallery, Seattle WA, November 2010
SOFA Archie Bray Foundation Booth, Chicago IL, November 2010
Gravy Diablo Valley College, Pleasant Hill CA, November 2010
National Ceramics Invitational University of St Francis, Fort Wayne IN, November 2010
Cup-o-rific Schaller Gallery, Benton Harbor MI, October 2010
Cups Lawrence Arts Center, Lawrence KS, October 2010
Archie Bray Artists in Residence Exhibition Kolva-Sullivan Gallery, Spokane WA, October 2010
Ceramics Invitational Artisan Gallery, Paoli WI, September 2010
Three cups of Tea Mississippi State University, Mississippi State MS, September 2010
Fellowship Exhibition Archie Bray Foundation Warehouse Gallery, Helena MT, August 2010
Resident Exhibition Archie Bray Foundation Warehouse Gallery, Helena MT, June 2010
Make Home Sweet Dow Studio, Deer Isle ME, June 2010
Yunomi AKAR, Iowa City IA, April 2010
Cups Santa Fe Clay, Santa Fe NM, December 2009
Where the Wild Things Are Red Star Studios, Kansas City MO, November 2009
30 x 5 AKAR, Iowa City IA, November 2009
Archie Bray Artists in Residence Exhibition Kolva-Sullivan Gallery, Spokane WA, October 2009
Residents Farewell Red Lodge Clay Center, Red Lodge MT, July 2009
Featured Artist Holter Museum, Helena MT, July/August 2009
Butter Red Lodge Clay Center, Red Lodge MT, June 2009
Buckets & Baskets Red Lodge Clay Center, Red Lodge MT, May 2009
Archie Bray Foundation Residents Monorchid Gallery, Phoenix AZ, April 2009
Box Red Lodge Clay Center, Red Lodge MT, March 2009
Round Two Northwest College Gallery, Powell WY, February 2009
Fogelberg Fellowship Exhibition Northern Clay Center, Minneapolis MN, January - March 2009
Momentum Northcutt Steele Gallery, MSU Billings, Billings MT, November 2008
Archie Bray Artists in Residence Exhibition Kolva-Sullivan Gallery, Spokane WA, October 2008
Resident Exhibition Archie Bray Foundation Warehouse Gallery, Helena MT, July 2008
2007 Artists in Residence Exhibition 3rd Street Gallery, Carnegie PA, March 2008
Archie Bray Artists in Residence Exhibition Kolva-Sullivan Gallery, Spokane WA, October 2007
MFA Thesis Exhibition University Gallery, Star Store, New Bedford MA, March - May 2007
14th Annual Rhode Island Spring Flower & Garden Show Rhode Island Convention Center, Providence RI, February 2007
Gifted Worcester Center for Crafts, Worcester MA, December 2006
Creating a Home Gallery 244, Star Store, New Bedford MA, November 2005
Altered Egos Gallery 244, Star Store, New Bedford MA, February 2005
Glimpse Gallery 244, Star Store, New Bedford MA, September 2004
Compilation 815 Purchase Street, New Bedford MA, April 2004
Glass Case Show Group Six, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, North Dartmouth MA, October - November 2003, October - November 2004
Group Show Ceramics Graduate Gallery, Star Store, New Bedford MA, September 2003
Summer Arts Festival Town Meeting House, Sweden ME, August 2003
Dirt Conversion Sarah Coyne Gallery, Syracuse University, Syracuse NY, October 2002
Senior Exhibition Usdan Gallery, Bennington College, Bennington VT, May - June 2002
Summer Architectural Theory Exhibit Barn East Gallery, Bennington College, Bennington VT, June - August 2001
Awards:
Harrisburg Area Community College Student Ceramics Club Award Strictly Functional, October 2011
Purchase Award Strictly Functional, Clay Times & Skutt Kilns, October 2010
People's Choice Award 2010 Emerging Artists, Ceramic Arts Daily, May 2010
NCECA Emerging Artist NCECA, Philadelphia PA, April 2010
First Prize "Clay on the Wall: 2010 Clay National" Texas Tech Univ. School of Art, Lubbock TX, January 2010
Taunt Fellowship Archie Bray Foundation, Helena MT, September 2009
Best in Show "Dining In: An Artful Experience" 18 Hands Gallery, Houston TX, August 2009
Honorable Mention "5th World Ceramic Biennale" WCEFO, Icheon Korea, April 2009
Bill and Stirling Sage Scholarship Archie Bray Foundation, Helena MT, June 2008
Fogelberg Fellowship Northern Clay Center, Minneapolis MN, October 2007 - September 2008
Jurors Award 3rd Place "Emerging Potters Exhibiton" Vessels Gallery, Boston MA, May 2007
Technical Assistant Scholarship Liz Quackenbush, Mathias Ostermann, Michael Connelly - Haystack 2006
Solo Show Award "'Funk'tional National" Stretch Gallery, Pineville NC, November 2005
Technical Assistant Scholarship Chris Staley at Haystack July 2005
Jurors Award 3rd Place "Use it or Lose it" Attleboro Museum, Attleboro MA, September 2004
Visiting Artist & Workshops:
18 Hands Houston TX, Workshop - November 2012 (upcoming)
25th North Carolina Potters Conference Asheboro NC, Presenter - March 2012 (upcoming)
Idyllwild Arts Center Idyllwild CA, "Hot Clay" Workshop and Lecture - July 2011
The Potters Depot Buffalo WY, Workshop and Lecture - June 2011
Georgia State University Atlanta GA, Visiting Artist and Workshop - June 2011
The Clay Studio of Missoula Missoula MT, Workshop - May 2011
Montana State University Bozeman MT, Workshop and Lecture - February 2011
Carroll College Helena MT, Visiting Artist - November 2009
Kolva-Sullivan Gallery Spokane WA, Workshop and Lecture - October 2009
Northwest College Powell WY, Workshop - March 2009
Montana State University Billings Billings MT, Workshop and Visiting Artist - November 2008
Tabor Academy Marion MA, Lecture - April 2006
Publications:
2011 Clay Workshop Handbook Ceramic Publications Company "Treasure for Treasure", June 2011
American Craft "The House Bray Built", June/July 2011
Pottery Making Illustrated "Treasure for Treasure", November/December 2010
Clay Times "18th Strictly Functional Pottery National", Exhibition Photos, Autumn 2010
500 Vases Lark Books, 2010
Ceramic Arts Daily "Seamless Transitions", June 2010
Ceramics Monthly "2010 Emerging Artists", (Cover Photo) May 2010
Ceramics Monthly "Exhibitions", June/July/August 2009
500 Platters and Chargers Lark Books, (Title Page Image) 2008
500 Pitchers Lark Book, 2006
Clay Times "Steamin'" Exhibition Photos, September/October 2004
Employment:
Archie Bray Foundation, Gallery Assistant, September 2011 - Present
Carroll College, Adjunct Professor, Fall 2010, Spring 2012
Archie Bray Foundation, Ceramics Instructor, Summer 2008, Fall 2009 - Fall 2011
Red Lodge Clay Center, Ceramics Instructor, Gallery Assistant, September 2008 - August 2009
Muddy Lamb Studios, Ceramics Instructor, Spring 2009
Northern Clay Center, Ceramics Instructor, Sales Gallery Assistant, 2007 - 2008
Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, Technical Assistant, Summer 2005, 2006
UMass Dartmouth, Student Teacher, Summer Studio Technician, 2004 - 2006
Jennifer Gandee, Studio Assistant, 2002 - 2003
Earth and Fire Pottery, Artist's assistant and production, Summer 2002
Crisp Architects, Draftsman and model builder, Winter 2000
Bennington College, July Program Residential Advisor, Summer 2000
Bennington College, House Chair, 1999 - 2002
Bardavon 1864 Opera House, Technical crew and business intern, Winter 1999
Grover Gundrilling Inc., Machine operator and part time secretary, Summer 1998