MudFire Gallery, Atlanta’s only gallery focused exclusively on contemporary ceramic arts, presents a solo exhibition of porcelain vessels by Emerging Artist of the Year recipient Martha Grover. Displaying the elegant influences of flowers, dance, old movie costumes, and antiques, Martha’s award-winning work is lush with color, curves and grace. The exhibit opens online and in the gallery at Noon on Friday, January 27, with an opening reception from 5-9 that evening.
Martha Grover’s first ever exhibit Atlanta features an selection of her newest works in a glowing palette of blues, greens, corals and gold. The highlight of the collection is a heroic, three-tier tulipier intended to hold almost three dozen tulips. The exhibit also includes elaborate porcelain baskets, functional dinnerware, as well as a beautiful selection of jars, flower vases, and cups perfect for the discerning tea drinker.
Selected as the 2010 Emerging Artist of the Year by the industry-leading Ceramics Monthly magazine, Martha has perfected a technique for altering and decorating wheel-thrown pieces – making them as delightful to the senses as they are practical. Martha’s work is meticulously executed in porcelain. Stretched and altered, traditional wheel thrown forms evolve into silhouettes of perfectly balanced pieces, at once evoking orchids, courtesan gowns, and dancers. Her work has been described as luxurious yet not precious; fine yet not frighteningly fragile.
Asked about her creative influences, Martha states “I was constantly in the flower beds as a child, looking at the intricate details of the blossoms. I also studied ballet from the age of 3 until 18. And my sister and I were, and still are, fascinated by old movies, especially the lavish movie musicals of the 50s and 60s.”
Martha received her Masters of Fine Arts from Dartmouth and most recently has been a Resident Artist at the Archie Bray Foundation in Helena, MT. A recipient of numerous prestigious awards, Martha has been recently been featured in three important ceramics books, and been the focus of several articles in national publications.
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