Creating Curves with Clay with Martha Grover

Martha Grover demonstrates how she creates her signature curvy forms from wheel thrown and handbuilt parts. She begins by explaining the four basic components of each of her pieces then combines those components in different ways to create six examples of her elegant forms ...(Scroll for more.)

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Runtime: 3 hours

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…(plus a bonus project!). In addition, Martha explains her meticulous glazing process. And, although she loves the soft, seductive nature of porcelain, Martha’s techniques can be easily adapted to any clay, firing range or decorating style. Original List Price: $69.97

Four components

Martha begins her 3-hour program by demonstrating the four basic components of her pieces—throwing a bottomless cylinder, creating slabs, pulling handles and making a joining slip. In each easy-to-follow segment, you’ll learn her techniques along with many tips that will help assure your success. Once you learn about the four components, you’ll be ready to take on some projects.

Curves everywhere

With a love of curves (see her Artist Statement below) Martha incorporates them into every aspect of her pieces—rims, bases, feet, contours, handles, lids, etc. Through a series of projects that include a mug, butter box, pitcher, and more, you’ll find out how to combine components and incorporate curves on a variety of forms. Since every straight line is altered, each project presents different challenges for handling feet, rims , handles and forms.

Challenging techniques

Altering thrown forms and adding slab and coil components provides many challenges, especially when the forms themselves are challenging. In Martha’s demonstrations, you’ll be amazed at the variety of techniques and tips needed to combine components into a cohesive whole for complex vessels such as a serving boat, double server, two-part vase, and more. As you work your way through the projects, you’ll gain a much better understanding of how to work with clay in all its many facets. A demonstration of layering sprayed glazes may inspire you to take on this component of clay work as well.

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.

About Martha Grover

Martha Grover is a functional potter, 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 in Houston, Texas, Crimson Laurel Gallery in Bakersville, North Carolina, Charlie Cummings Gallery in Gainesville, Florida, and Cedar Creek Gallery in Creedmoor, North Carolina. Martha’s work was featured on the cover of Ceramics Monthly’s May 2010 issue and Pottery Making Illustrated’s November/December 2010 issue.

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