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Thrown and Altered Porcelain - Martha Grover

Touchstone Center for Crafts

Monday, August 1, 2016 - Friday, August 5, 2016
Touchstone Center for Crafts 1049 Wharton Furnace Road FarmingtonPA  15437
Monday, August 1, 2016 - Friday, August 5, 2016
Touchstone Center for Crafts 1049 Wharton Furnace Road FarmingtonPA  15437

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What's Included

Discover the idiosyncrasies of working with porcelain on and off the wheel as Martha 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 variety of cups, bowls, vases, pitchers, lidded forms, and teapots. She will explore bottomless thrown forms, with the additions of slabs, handles, and spouts. Crack repair and mending techniques will be addressed as well as the use of a spray gun for glaze application. Martha will also talk about the sources of inspiration, philosophy of making, and studio practices. Living in Bethel, Maine, Martha Grover is a functional potter, who creates thrown and altered porcelain pieces. She attended Bennington College, where she received her undergraduate degree in architecture. After a fifth year in ceramics at Syracuse University, Martha earned her MFA in ceramics from the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth. She was awarded multiple residencies and fellowships including the Fogelberg Fellowship at the Northern Clay Center in Minneapolis, Sage Scholarship and Taunt Fellowship at the Archie Bray Foundation, and a yearlong residency at Red Lodge Clay Center. Her work can be found at many galleries across the country. It has been published in Ceramics Monthly, Clay Times, Pottery Making Illustrated, 500 Pitchers, 500 Platters and Chargers, and 500 Vases. It was the cover feature in the May 2010 issue of Ceramic Monthly.

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Touchstone is located in Farmington, Pennsylvania, amid the natural splendor of the Laurel Highlands. Founded in 1972 as the Pioneer Crafts Council, Touchstone's original mission was to foster interest in the preservation of the traditional craft forms and culture of the Appalachian region. Today, the craft school has expanded to include a wide variety of traditional and emerging craft forms, including blacksmithing, ceramics, metal, jewelry, textiles, glass, painting, mosaics, and printmaking. In addition to offering seasonal craft courses taught by nationally renowned artisans, Touchstone provides underserved audiences in the region, from senior citizens to public school students, with craft-centered educational programming. Touchstone's artistic, educational, and residential facilities sit on 150 acres of lush woodlands and pristine wilderness. The campus is covered with towering trees, unique rock formations, and wildflower meadows, and is crossed by McIntyre Run, a rushing stream.

 

Not only is Touchstone Center for Crafts the only residential craft school in Pennsylvania, it's the natural setting for your creative nature.

 

Touchstone's mission is to advance excellence in the arts and crafts by educating and encouraging individuals to develop technical skills, good design, and innovative expression. To realize this mission, the school offers workshops, exhibitions, lectures, demonstrations, and other forms of artistic and educational programming throughout the year. Dedicated to achieving national prominence and local relevance, Touchstone strives for national distinction by recruiting some of the best artists in the country to teach high-quality craft workshops that attract a geographically diverse audience. The organization strives for local relevance by providing educational and outreach programming that serves a wide variety of the underserved populations in Fayette County and other parts of southwestern Pennsylvania.

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