Presenter: Martha Grover | Altered Ceramics
Thrown and Altered Porcelain: Creating Curves
Discover the idiosyncrasies of working with porcelain on and off the wheel as Martha Grover demonstrates how to make her undulating functional forms. She will discuss special throwing and altering techniques suited for this elegant and sensuous material and how to exploit its best qualities.
Demonstrations will include working with various wheel-thrown forms and slabs in both the soft and leather-hard stages to create a mug, large pitcher, butter box, and basket. She will explore bottomless thrown forms, with the additions of slabs, handles and spouts. Crack repair and mending techniques will be addressed as well. There will be brief discussion of how to achieve her glaze surfaces by spraying layered glazes. Martha will also talk about her sources of inspiration, philosophy of making, and studio practices.
Martha Grover is a functional potter, creating thrown and altered porcelain pieces. Martha received her MFA in ceramics from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. She has been a resident at the Northern Clay Center Archie Bray Foundation and Red Lodge Clay. Her work can be found at the Red Lodge Clay Center, the Archie Bray Foundation, 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. Her work has been published in Ceramics Monthly, Clay Times, 500 Pitchers, 500 Platters and Chargers, and 500 Vases. It was the cover feature of Ceramic Monthlyâ€™s May 2010 issue.
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