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Martha Grover, Emerging Artist 2010

Posted By Ceramics Monthly On April 19, 2010 @ 10:09 am In Ceramic Artists,Ceramics Monthly,Daily | 6 Comments

Bath salt jar with scoop, 11 in. (28 cm) in height, thrown and altered porcelain, 2010.

Bath salt jar with scoop, 11 in. (28 cm) in height, thrown and altered porcelain, 2010.

Martha Grover  Helena, Montana

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.

 

Curves are taken from the female figure, as well as the fluidity of a dancer moving weightlessly across the floor. I think of the fluid visual movement around a piece, as a choreographer would move dancers across a stage. 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.

 

<p>Cup set in basket, 10 in. (25 cm) in length, thrown and altered porcelain, 2009.</p>

Cup set in basket, 10 in. (25 cm) in length, thrown and altered porcelain, 2009.

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 can we truly know and appreciate someone or something.

Congratulations to Martha, who was chosen as the winner of the
Ceramics Monthly Emerging Artist 2010 People’s Choice Award
by Ceramic Arts Daily readers!

 

Martha Grover demonstrates her forming and glazing techniques in her 3-hour long DVD, Creating Curves with Clay. See all the action and discover the inside tips and techniques of one of the most talented and popular ceramic artists around.
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This Emerging Artists 2010 article appeared in Ceramics Monthly magazine’s May 2010 issue. To get great content like this delivered right to your door, subscribe today!



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