Though demonstration of wheel-throwing playful porcelain vessels, Jennifer shares her techniques for making thrown and freshly altered forms directly on the potter’s wheel, combining thrown parts to create larger work, talk about her philosophy, studio practice and life experiences.
“I aim to celebrate time and understanding through the creation and manipulation of clay. My pots explore and reference the human form, each diverse yet similar. The lines are markers of time, expression and intent. The spiral is a reference of growth. Imperfections in the surface are scars left by experience and process. Two cups together become a couple, a grouping of pots become a gathering.”
At the core of her practice is the exploration of human connections and experiences. Jennifer is focusing on the ideas, philosophy and influences that affect her work. The demonstration and discussion covera approaches to designing functional and sculptural forms using the potter's wheel as a tool, altering thrown forms and incorporating hand-built elements. She discusses how she developed her own personal vision and is demonstrating a variety of forms, alternative ways of treating the bottom of a piece, making handles from slabs, good craftsmanship, attention to detail and finishing touches.
You leave with a better understanding of process and construction gaining the skills and confidence necessary to explore form and mark making as a way to blend ideas and concepts within your own tactile discovery.
This lively workshop is hosted at Jennifer’s studio in Wayne, PA; lunch is included.
Jennifer Martin considers herself a builder. Building ceramic forms, relationships, and community environments is her passion. Jennifer is currently the Vice President of The Clay Studio and an active Studio Artist in the Philadelphia area. Throughout her artistic career, she has worked in multiple arts organizations, participated in numerous residencies, and held instructor and university faculty positions. In each of these environments, Jennifer has built positive relationships and sought to create a sense of community, which is subsequently used to inform her ceramic work. Jennifer received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Ceramics from Georgia Southern University in 1997 and a Master of Fine Arts degree in Ceramics at Georgia State University in 2000.