About Martha

Martha Grover is a functional potter, living in Bethel, Maine, 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 can be found at the Red Lodge Clay Center, the Archie Bray Foundation, the Clay Studio of Missoula, Schaller Gallery, 18 Hands Gallery, Crimson Laurel Gallery, Charlie Cummings Gallery, and Cedar Creek Gallery. Her work has been published in Ceramics Monthly, Pottery Making Illustrated, Clay Times, 500 Pitchers, 500 Platters and Chargers, and 500 Vases. Martha's work was featured on the cover of Ceramic Monthly’s May 2010 issue.

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.

 

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EDUCATION

University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, North Dartmouth MA - Special Student, 2003-2004; MFA, 2004-2007

Syracuse University, Syracuse NY - Fifth Year in Ceramics, 2002-2003

Bennington College, Bennington VT - BA, 1998-2002

 

RESIDENCIES and INTERNSHIPS

Pottery Workshop Jingdezhen, China – November 2013

Archie Bray Foundation Helena MT- Summer 2007 & 2008; Taunt Fellow, September 2009 – August 2011

Red Lodge Clay Center Red Lodge MT - September 2008 – August 2009

Northern Clay Center Minneapolis MN - October 2007 – May 2008

El Mono Foundation Sayulita, Mexico - February 2002

Women’s Studio Workshop Rosendale NY - January 2002

 

VISITING ARTIST & WORKSHOPS

Ceramic League of Miami Miami FL, Workshop – November 2016

Lexicon Gallery and Studio Magnolia MA, Workshop – September 2016

Indiana University Southeast New Albany IN, Visiting Artist – September 2016

University of Southern Indiana Evansville IN, Visiting Artist – September 2016

Touchstone Center for Craft Farmington PA, Workshop – August 2016

The View Art Cetner Old Forge NY, Workshop – June 2016

SnowFarm Williamsburg MA, Workshop – June 2016

Kingston Potters Guild Kingston ON, Workshop – May 2016

Baltimore Clay Works Baltimore MD, Workshop – April 2016

South County Arts Association Kingston RI, Guest Juror and Workshop – April 2016

The Potters Gathering Ripley WV, Workshop – February 2016

First City Arts Center Pensacola FL, Workshop – February 2016

Alabama Clay Conference Gadsden AL, Demonstrator – February 2016

Portland Pottery Portland ME, Workshop – January 2016

University of Massachusetts Dartmouth New Bedford MA, Visiting Artist – November 2015

Hudson River Potters Guild Ossing NY, Workshop – November 2015

Midwestern State University Wichita Falls TX, Visiting Artist – October 2015

The Studio of Francine Epstein Chester NJ, Workshop – October 2015

Sugar Maples Center for Creative Arts Maplecrest NY, Workshop – August 2015

Leksands Folkhögskola Leksand Sweden, Workshop – July 2015

NCECA Providence RI, Process room demonstrator March 2015

Green River High School Green River WY, Workshop - February 2015

Duluth Art Institute Duluth MN, Workshop – October 2014

Touchstone Center for Crafts Farmington PA, Workshop – August 2014

Paducah School of Art and Design Paducah KY, Workshop – June 2014

Jackson Potters Guild Jackson MI, Workshop – June 2014

Pewabic Pottery Detroit MI, Workshop – May 2014

Pottery Workshop Jingdezhen, China, Lecture and Demonstration – November 2013

Lee Arts Center Arlington VA, Workshop - October 2013

McHenry County College Crystal Lake IL, Workshop - September 2013

Peters Valley Layton NJ, Workshop - June 2013

Mudfire Decatur GA, Workshop - June 2013

Potters Group Lafayette LA, Workshop, February 2013

18 Hands Houston TX, Workshop – November 2012

University of Central Missouri Warrensburg MO, Workshop - September 2012

“Altered Ceramics” Potters Council Conference San Diego CA, Presenter – September 2012

25th North Carolina Potters Conference Asheboro NC, Presenter – March 2012

Great Falls Pottery Great Falls MT, Workshop – February 2012

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

Pitchers, Teapots, Cups, and Mugs Ceramic Publications Company September 2016

Mastering the Potter's Wheel Benjamin Carter, included artist, photo 2016

Throwing Techniques “Lidded Forms” (Cover Photo) Ceramic Publications Company July 2015

Ceramics Monthly “Spotlight: Martha Grover - On the Move” May 2015

American iPottery Kevin Hluch, included artist, photo, 2014

Pottery Making Illustrated “Fluid Curves” September 2013

500 Teapots, volume 2 Lark Books, 2013

Pottery Making Illustrated “Flower Bricks and Tulipieres” July/August 2013

Creating Curves with Clay Ceramic Publications Company DVD, September 2012

Clay Times “19th Strictly Functional Pottery National” Exhibition Photos, Autumn 2011

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

 

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

Featured Artist Red Lodge Clay Center, Red Lodge MT February 2017

Finding Pattern Juanita Harvey Gallery, Midwestern State University, Wichita Falls TX September 2015

Featured Artist Companion Gallery Humboldt, TN June 2015

Featured Artist Crimson Laurel Gallery, Bakersville NC May 2015

Martha Grover: New Work Pewabic Pottery, Detroit MI May 2014

Martha Grover: New Work Mudfire Gallery, Decatur GA July 2013

Martha Grover Bliss on 19th, Houston TX March 2013

Martha Grover: New Work The Clay Studio, Philadelphia PA June 2012

Curvature Mudfire Gallery, Decatur GA January 2012

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

 

JURIED SHOWS

From the Ground Up Muskingum County Community Foundation, Zanesville OH

                Sherman Hall, Brad Schwieger, Angelica Pozo October 2014

21th Strictly Functional Pottery National Market House Craft Center, East Petersburg PA,

Jim Connell - Juror October 2013

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

 

EXHIBITIONS

Beasts and Blooms (2 person show) Lexicon Gallery, Magnolia MA September 2016

ClayFest Northwest Northwest Pottery, Seattle WA September 2016

Porcelain Schaller Gallery, Benton Harbor MI July 2016

The Clay Way Invitational The Clay Lady’s Campus, Nashville TN May 2016

Sexy Pots The Clay Studio, Philadelphia PA February 2016

Winter White Schaller Gallery, Benton Harbor MI January 2016

Ode to Bowls Trackside Gallery, Spokane WA December 2015

Forms Schaller Gallery, Benton Harbor MI September 2015

Taboo: Sexuality and Sexual Identity in Ceramics Signature Gallery, Atlanta GA September 2015

The Maverick Potter The Maverick Potter Gallery June 2015

5 x 5 Trax Gallery, Berkley CA May 2015

Meant For Use Schaller Gallery, Benton Harbor MI April 2015

Dot. Dot. Dot.  Pawtucket Armory, NCECA Providence March 2015

The Uncommon Object University Gallery, UMass Dartmouth February 2015

The Cup Show Artisan Gallery, Paoli WI March 2015

The Plate Show Mudfire Gallery, Decatur GA November 2014

What are you Thinking? University Gallery, UMass Dartmouth November 2014

Steinzeugkrug: Present Day Interpretations Clay Makers, Durham NC October 2014

Cup: The Intimate Object X Charlie Cummings Gallery, Gainsville FL October 2014

50 from 6 Braithwaite Fine Arts Gallery, Southern Utah University, Cedar City UT September 2014

American iPottery Exhibition Montgomery College, Rockville MD August 2014

Flora and Fauna The Brinton Museum, Big Horn WY June 2014

2nd Biennial Mint Julep Invitational Mary Anderson Center for the Arts, Mt. St. Francis IN April 2014

Hide ‘n’ Seekah NCECA, Milwaukee WI March 2014

Longing for Spring Schaller Gallery, Benton Harbor MI February 2014

Mineral and Animal Charlie Cummings Gallery, Gainsville FL November 2013

Porcelain Schaller Gallery, Benton Harbor MI November 2013

This is Helena Free Ceramics Gallery, Helena MT November 2013

Cup: The Intimate Object VIII Charlie Cummings Gallery, Gainsville FL October 2013

Elements Ceramic Show: Dinner Place Settings University of Northern Colorado, Greeley CO October 2013

Steinzeugkrug: Present Day Interpretations Clay Makers, Durham NC October 2013

Ceramics Invitational Artisan Gallery, Paoli WI September 2013

Faculty Exhibition Peters Valley Craft Center, Layton VA June 2013

Assemblage Schaller Gallery, Benton Harbor MI March 2013

Box Schaller Gallery, Benton Harbor MI December 2012

Behold! 26th Invitational of Fine Art + Craft Dunedin Fine Arts Center, Dunedin FL November 2012

Cup: The Intimate Object VIII Charlie Cummings Gallery, Gainsville FL November 2012

Hot Montana Schaller Gallery, Benton Harbor MI November 2012

Mugs for Jugs Mudfire Gallery, Decature GA October 2012

Prototype Red Lodge Clay Center, Red Lodge MT September 2012

Ceramics Invitational: Innovation Creation University of Central Missouri, Warrensburg MO August 2012

Containment III: A Nesting Instinct Crimson Laurel Gallery, Bakersville NC April 2012

Figurative Ceramics Artisan Gallery, Paoli WI April 2012

Mint Julep Exhibition Mary Anderson Center for the Arts, Mt. St. Francis IN April 2012

His and Hers Gallery 16, Great Falls MT April 2012

Small Favors The Clay Studio, Philadelphia PA March 2012

Libations Arabica Lounge, Seattle WA March 2012

Made for Each Other Studio 550, Manchester NH February 2012

42nd Annual Ceramics Exhibition Crossman Gallery, UW-Whitewater WI January 2012

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 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 AIR Exhibition Kolva-Sullivan Gallery, Spokane WA October 2011, ’10, ’09, ’08, &’07

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, June 2010, & June 2008

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

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

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

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

2007 Artists in Residence Exhibition 3rd Street Gallery, Carnegie PA March 2008

MFA Thesis Exhibition University Gallery, Star Store, New Bedford MA March – May 2007

14th Annual Rhode Island Spring Flower & Garden Show RI 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 MAApril 2004

Glass Case Show Group Six, UMass Dartmouth, North Dartmouth MA October – November 2003, 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

NCECA Cups of Merit 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

 

COLLECTIONS

American Ceramic Society Columbus, OH

Archie Bray Foundation  Helena, MT

Belger Art Center Kansas City, MO

Clay Times Hamilton, VA

Dwight Holland Asheboro, NC

Jim Kolva and Pat Sullivan Spokane WA

Midge and Jerry Golner Phoenix, AZ

National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts Erie, CO

Red Lodge Clay Center Red Lodge, MT

Rhode Island School of Design Providence, RI

Sidney Swidler The Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, CA

Skutt Ceramic Products Portland, OR

Standard Ceramics Carnegie, PA

 

GALLERY REPRESENTATION

Artisan Gallery Paoli, WI

Asheville Ceramics Gallery Asheville NC

Bespoke Global New York, NY

Cedar Creek Gallery Creedmoor, NC

Ceramic Art and Perception Gallery Sheridan, WY

Companion Gallery Humboldt, TN

Crimson Laurel Gallery Bakersville, NC

Charlie Cummings Gallery Gainesville, FL

Lexicon Gallery Magnolia MA

MudFire Gallery Decatur, GA

Mojo Gallery Minneapolis, MN

The Clay Studio Philadelphia, PA

The Clay Studio of Missoula Missoula, MT

Peters Valley Gallery Layton, NJ

Plinth Gallery Denver, CO

Red Lodge Clay Center Red Lodge, MT

Schaller Gallery St. Joseph, MI

 

EMPLOYMENT

Potter – Self Employed 2007 - present

Gould Academy Ceramics Faculty 2016 – present  

Archie Bray Foundation Educational Coordinator 2013 - 2015

Carroll College Adjunct Professor 2010 - 2012

Archie Bray Foundation Ceramics Instructor 2008 - 2015

Archie Bray Foundation Gallery Assistant 2011 -2012

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 Ceramics Instructor, 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