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Martha H Grover
Martha H Grover
Helena, Montana

Artist's Bio
Former Red Lodge Clay Center Long-Term Resident

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 nine month 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 is currently at Archie Bray Foundation where she has received the Taunt Fellowship. Her work can be found at the Red Lodge Clay Center, the Archie Bray Foundation, the Newport Potters Guild in Rhode Island, the Clay Studio of Missoula, ArtWorks! Gallery in New Bedford MA, Schaller Gallery, Charlie Cummings Gallery in Gainesville Florida, and the Holter Museum of Art in Helena, Montana. Her work has been published in Ceramics Monthly, Clay Times, 500 Pitchers, and 500 Platters and Chargers.


Artist's 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.


Artist's Resume
EDUCATION
University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, North Dartmouth MA, MFA, 2004-2007
University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, North Dartmouth MA, Special Student, 2003-2004
Syracuse University, Syracuse NY, Fifth Year in Ceramics, 2002-2003
Bennington College, Bennington VT, BA, 1998-2002

RESIDENCIES and INTERNSHIPS
Archie Bray Foundation Helena MT, Taunt Fellow, September 2009 - Present
Red Lodge Clay Center Red Lodge MT, September 2008 - August 2009
Archie Bray Foundation Helena MT, Summer 2008
Northern Clay Center Minneapolis MN, October 2007 - May 2008
Archie Bray Foundation Helena MT, Summer 2007
El Mono Foundation Sayulita, Mexico, February 2002
Women's Studio Workshop Rosendale NY, January 2002

JURIED SHOWS
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

SOLO EXHIBITIONS
Featured Artist Schaller Gallery, Red Lodge MT April 2010
Featured Artist Newport Potters Guild, 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

EXHIBITIONS
Three cups of Tea Mississippi State University, Mississippi State MS September 2010
Fellowship Exhibition Archie Bray Foundation Warehouse Gallery, Helena MT August 2010
Resident Exhibition Archie Bray Foundation Warehouse Gallery, Helena MT 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
Archie Bray Artists in Residence Exhibition Kolva-Sullivan Gallery, Spokane WA October 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
Archie Bray Artists in Residence Exhibition Kolva-Sullivan Gallery, Spokane WA October 2008
Resident Exhibition Archie Bray Foundation Warehouse Gallery, Helena MT July 2008
2007 Artists in Residence Exhibition 3rd Street Gallery, Carnegie PA March 2008
Archie Bray Artists in Residence Exhibition Kolva-Sullivan Gallery, Spokane WA October 2007
MFA Thesis Exhibition University Gallery, Star Store, New Bedford MA March - May 2007
14th Annual Rhode Island Spring Flower & Garden Show Rhode Island 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 MA April 2004
Glass Case Show Group Six, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, North Dartmouth MA
October - November 2003, October - November 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
Five Days Visual Arts Performing Arts Overlook, Bennington College, Bennington VT
December 2001
Summer Architectural Theory Exhibit Barn East Gallery, Bennington College, Bennington VT
June - August 2001
AWARDS
People's Choice Award 2010 Emerging Artists, Ceramic Arts Daily, May 2010
NCECA Emerging Artist 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 Exhibition" Vessels Gallery, Boston MA, May 2007
Technical Assistant Liz Quackenbush, Mathias Ostermann, Michael Connelly at Haystack 2006
Solo Show Award "'Funk'tional National" Stretch Gallery, Pineville NC, November 2005
Technical Assistant Chris Staley at Haystack July 2005
Jurors Award 3rd Place "Use it or Lose it" Attleboro Museum, Attleboro MA. September 2004

VISITING ARTIST & WORKSHOPS
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
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, 2008
500 Pitchers Lark Book, 2006
Clay Times "Steamin'" Exhibition Photos. September/October 2004

GALLERY REPRESENTATION
Archie Bray Foundation North Gallery Helena, MT
ArtWorks! New Bedford, MA
Charlie Cummings Gallery Gainesville, FL
18 Hands Gallery Houston, TX
Holter Art Museum Gift Shop Helena, MT
Missoula Clay Studio Missoula, MT
Newport Potters Guild Newport, RI
Red Lodge Clay Center Red Lodge, MT
Schaller Gallery Red Lodge, MT

EMPLOYMENT
Carroll College Adjunct Professor, Fall 2010
Archie Bray Foundation Ceramics Instructor Summer 2008, Fall 2009 - present
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 Student Teacher, 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


Martha H
Grover
Medium Plate-Orange
$55
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Ring Box
$125
Martha H
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Dessert Plate
$35
Martha H
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Medium Plate
$55
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Large Plate
$75
Martha H
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Dessert Plate
$35
Martha H
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Medium Plate
$55
Martha H
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Large Plate
$75
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Large Plate
$75
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Perfume Bottle
$75
Martha H
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Medium Plate
$55
Martha H
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Dessert Plate
$35
Martha H
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Medium Bowl
$40
Martha H
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Medium Bowl
$40
Martha H
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Creamer
$48
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Tumbler
$40
Martha H
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Small Basket
$65
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Ewer
$65
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Large Pitcher
$150
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Cupcake Stand
$65
Martha H
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Small Bowl
$35
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Small Basket
$65
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Small Basket
$65
Martha H
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Butter Box
$95
Martha H
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Medium Bowl
$40
Martha H
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Medium Bowl
$40
Martha H
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Butter Box
$95
Martha H
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Vase
$50
Martha H
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Creamer
$48
Martha H
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Tumbler
sold
Martha H
Grover
Medium Vase with Handles
sold


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