Ceramicist Polly Ann Martin is MC's April artist-in-residence

April 3, 2012
Contact: Chloe Kennedy, News and New Media Writer
865.981.8209; chloe.kennedy@maryvillecollege.edu

Ceramic artist Polly Ann Martin is the artist-in-residence at Maryville College for the month of April. While on campus, she will visit art classes, participate in individual critiques with students and lead student workshops about specific pottery techniques.

“Recent Work,” a collection of more than 20 of Martin’s wheel-thrown earthenware pieces is on display in the Clayton Center for the Arts’ Blackberry Farm Gallery through April 28. An artist reception will be held in the gallery on Fri., April 27 from 6-8 p.m., in conjunction with Maryville’s Last Friday ArtWalk.

“It is a constant challenge to make pots that function on many levels. My aim is to produce functional pieces where the integration of the visual, the lyrical, the tactile and the useful coexist simultaneously,” Martin said in her artist statement. “It is my belief that domestic pottery can transform the home where it exists, for it is at ‘home’ that we are most comfortable to receive information.”

Martin will also give an artist lecture at 7 p.m., Mon., April 23 in the Clayton Center for the Arts’ Harold and Jean Lambert Recital Hall. During the presentation, which is free and open to the public, she will discuss her personal work and influences.

“We chose Polly Ann because she is a real treasure hidden in our back yard,” said Carl Gombert, Maryville College professor of art. “We wanted to share her gifts as an artist and teacher with the community.”

Martin, who with husband Frank Martin maintains a ceramic studio and lives in Maryville, has been an adjunct professor of art at Maryville College since 2003. She earned her bachelor’s degree in fine arts from the Kansas City Art Institute and her master’s degree in fine arts from Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills, Mich. She has taught with her husband at the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth, Rhode Island School of Design and the State University of New York at New Paltz. She was departmental co-director at Chautauqua School of Art, Worcester Center for Crafts and the 92nd Street YM-YWHA in New York.

Martin’s ceramic work was published in Process and Promise: Art Education & Community at the 92nd Street Y, The Art of Contemporary American Pottery and The Ceramic Design Book. Martin has conducted numerous workshops throughout the United States and has participated in various international shows and exhibitions. She also has work that is part of the permanent collection at the Vatican.


Maryville College is ideally situated in Maryville, Tenn., between the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Knoxville, the state's third largest city. Founded in 1819, it is the 12th oldest institution of higher learning in the South and maintains an affiliation with the Presbyterian Church (USA). Known for offering its students a rigorous and highly personal experience that includes an undergraduate research requirement, Maryville College is a nationally ranked institution of higher learning that successfully joins the liberal arts and professional preparation. Total enrollment for the fall 2014 semester is 1,213.