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Martha Grover

Biography to Display: 

EDUCATION

2002BA Architecture, Bennington College, Bennington, Vermont

2002-2003Ceramics Student, Syracuse University, Syracuse, New York

2003-2004Special Student, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, North Dartmouth, Massachusetts

2007 MFA University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, North Dartmouth, Massachusetts

RESIDENCIES

2002Resident Artist, El Monto Foundation, Sayulita, Mexico

2007Summer Resident, Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts, Helena, Montana

2007-2008Resident Artist, Northern Clay Center Minneapolis Minnesota

2008Summer Resident, Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts, Helena, Montana

2008-2009Resident Artist, Red Lodge Clay Center, Helena, Montana

2009-2011Long-Term Resident |Taunt Fellow, Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts, Helena, Montana

2013Resident Artist, Pottery Workshop, Jingdezhen, China

PRIMARY WORK EXPERIENCE

2002-2003Studio Assistant to Jennifer Gandee, Fabius, New York

2004-2006Ceramics Instructor, Studio Technician, University of Massachusetts – Dartmouth, North Dartmouth, Massachusetts

2007—Professional Potter

2007-2008Ceramics Instructor, Sales Gallery Assistant, Northern Clay Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota

2008-2009Ceramics Instructor, Gallery Assistant, Red Lodge Clay Center, Red Lodge, Montana

2008-2015Ceramics Instructor, Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts, Helena, Montana

2010-2012Adjunct Professor, Carroll College, Helena, Montana

2011-2012Gallery Assistant, Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts, Helena, Montana

2013-2015Education Coordinator, Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts, Helena, Montana

2016Ceramics Faculty, Gould Academy, Bethel, Maine

 

Martha Grover is known for wheel-thrown and altered and/or slab-built porcelain tableware and other functional pottery. Grover’s decorative technique includes the use of pastel to white glazes that typically feature iron-rich spatters in key areas of her undulated vessel work. Work is fired in an electric kiln.

Grover’s work is highly altered in the wet stage. Her altering process uses ribs, water, and sponges in the reshaping process for curves in vessel walls. Signature forms include stand-alone and wall mounted perfume bottles, vases, tulipieres, boxes, and baskets.

Public Collections

Public Collections to Display: 

American Ceramic Society, Columbus, Ohio

Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts, Helena, Montana

Belger Crane Art Center, Kansas City, Missouri

Clay Times, Hamilton, Virginia

Crocker Art Museum, Sidney Swidler, Sacramento, California

National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts, Erie, Colorado

Red Lodge Clay Center, Red Lodge, Montana

Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, Rhode Island

Skutt Ceramic Products, Portland, Oregon

Standard Ceramics, Carnegie, Pennsylvania

Bibliography

Bibliography to Display: 

Carter, Ben and Linda Arbuckle.  Mastering the Potter's Wheel.  London, UK: Voyageur Press, 2016.

Creating Curves with Clay with Martha Grover. DVD. Westerville, OH: Ceramic Publications Company, 2012.

Grover, Martha. “Fluid Curves,” Pottery Making Illustrated (September 2013).

_____________. “Flower Bricks and Tulipieres.” Pottery Making Illustrated (July 2013).

_____________. “Treasure for Treasure. Pottery Making Illustrated (November 2010).

Hall, Sherman, ed. 2011 Clay Workshop Handbook. Westerville, OH: The American Ceramic Society, 2011.

______________.  Pitchers, Teapots, Cups, & Mugs. Westerville, OH: The American Ceramic Society, 2016. 

Hemachandra, Ray, and Julia Galloway. 500 Vases: Contemporary Explorations of a Timeless Form. New York, NY: Lark Books, 2010.

Lawton, Jim. 500 Teapots Contemporary Explorations of a Timeless Design, v. 2. New York, NY: Lark Books, 2013.

 

CV or Resume: Click Here to Download
Source: Artist

Website(s):

www.marthagrover.com

 

Typical Marks
ca 2015
Creamer and Sugar Bowl
Date: ca 2015
Materials: Porcelain
Method: Thrown and Altered
Surface Technique: Glaze
"Dot. Dot. Dot.", Pawtucket Armory Arts Center, NCECA 2015, Providence, RI
Photo: TMP
"Dot. Dot. Dot.", Pawtucket Armory Arts Center, NCECA 2015, Providence, RI
Photo: TMP
Oil and Vinegar Bottles
Date: ca 2015
Materials: Porcelain
Method: Thrown and Altered
Surface Technique: Glaze
"Dot. Dot. Dot.", Pawtucket Armory Arts Center, NCECA 2015, Providence, RI
Photo: TMP
"Dot. Dot. Dot.", Pawtucket Armory Arts Center, NCECA 2015, Providence, RI
Perfume Bottle
Materials: Porcelain
Method: Thrown and Altered
Surface Technique: Glaze
Chip Clawson Collection
Photo: TMP
Chip Clawson Collection
Photo: TMP
Photo: TMP
Basket
Materials: Porcelain
Method: Thrown and Altered
Surface Technique: Glaze
Courtesy Red Lodge Clay Center
Photo: TMP
Courtesy Red Lodge Clay Center
Photo: TMP
Photo: TMP

Citation: Kuratnick, Jeffrey. "The Marks Project." Last modified June 3, 2019. http://www.themarksproject.org:443/marks/grover