Martha Grover

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 as 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 to 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.

 

Born and raised in the White Mountains in Maine, Martha has spent the majority of her life on the east coast. 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 nine month 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. Currently Martha is a year long resident at Red Lodge Clay Center in Red Lodge, Montana. She was recently awarded the Taunt Fellowship to return to the Archie Bray Foundation in the fall of 2009.

 

Her work can be found at the Red Lodge Clay Center Gallery, the Archie Bray Foundation, the Newport Potters Guild in Rhode Island, the Clay Studio of Missoula, ArtWorks! Gallery in New Bedford MA, and the Holter Museum of Art. Her work has been published in Clay Times, Ceramics Monthly, 500 Pitchers, and 500 Platters and Chargers.

 

Other Awards


Honorable Mention “5th World Ceramic Biennale” WCEFO, Icheon Korea April 2009
Bill and Stirling Sage Scholarship Archie Bray Foundation, Helena MT, June 2008
Jurors Award 3rd Place “Emerging Potters Exhibiton” Vessels Gallery, Boston MA, May 2007
Technical Assistant Liz Quackenbush, Mathias Ostermann, Michael Connelly at Haystack 2006
Solo Show Award “’Funk’tional National” Stretch Gallery, Pineville NC, November 2005
Jurors Award 3rd Place “Use it or Lose it” Attleboro Museum, Attleboro MA. September 2004

 

Publications


Ceramics Monthly “Exhibitions” June/July/August 2009
Clay Times “Steamin’” Exhibition Photos. September/October 2004


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