Monday, March 8, 2021 - Monday, April 12, 2021
Balanced Beauty Porcelain works by Martha Grover
In-Person & Online Virtual Exhibit
March 8 – April 12, 2021
Balanced Beauty features porcelain works by Maine based artist Martha Grover, a contemporary functional potter. These works evoke the beauty, dramatic shapes and colors of orchids whose unrivaled symbol of refinement have been associated with love and elegance throughout history.
Martha states, “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.
This show will highlight the inspiration of orchids in my work. The pieces displayed emphasize the forms, colors, and curves of Paphiopedilums and Phragmipediums. Vessels to display orchid sprays – flower bricks, tulipieres, and vases will adorn the gallery, complemented by functional wares including pitchers, trays, and bowls that will also highlight this unique flower that influences my work. This show will be a feast of color and an abundance of curves – spotlighting the elements that draw humans to these mysterious blooms.”
Martha Grover is a contemporary functional potter, living in Bethel, Maine, creating thrown and altered porcelain pieces. Her work presents a voice that is at once classical and present day. From tableware to wall pieces, Grover starts with wheel thrown forms, which are altered to evoke memories and familiarity. She received an MFA in ceramics from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth and since then has had residencies at the Northern Clay Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota, the Archie Bray Foundation in Helena, Montana and Red Lodge Clay Center in Red Lodge, Montana. 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.
Event Location and Ticket Information
Date: Monday, March 8, 2021 - Monday, April 12, 2021
Times: All Day
Presenter: Clay Art Center
Presenter Phone: 9149372047
Presenter Website: www.clayartcenter.org