Three things keep me intrigued and driven to make pots: 

1. the connection I have as the creator with the folks that use my work;

2. the process from idea to execution;

3. the interplay of art and technique needed to work in clay. 

My work has the clean, crisp lines of a modern aesthetic with subtle movement and variability that reveals the former softness of the clay and the work's handmade origins. 

 

Jeff Martens Resume

Jeff Martens creates art for everyday use with his functional pottery. His pots are purposefully simple and intentionally generous. 

Experience

 Potter, Jeff Martens Pottery — 2001-present

Creator of high quality tableware, as well as large scale planters and vases. As a full-time potter, Jeff is solely involved in the process of creating his pottery - design, throwing, decorating, glazing and firing. 

 Artist in Residence, West Parry Sound District Museum — 2010-11

 Board Member, Saskatchewan Craft Council — 2005-2008

Education

 Briercrest College — B.A. in General Studies, 2000.

 Saskatchewan Institute of Applied Science and Technology - Ceramics under Charley Ferraro and Sandra Ledingham, 1999.

 Pottery workshops:

 2013 Phil Rogers hosted by Fusion Clay and Glass

 2009 Robin Hopper Workshop hosted by the Moose Jaw Art Gallery

 2008 Medalta International Artists in Residence in Medicine Hat, Alberta

 2007 Jack Sures Workshop hosted by the Regina and Area Pottery Guild 

 2007 Anita Rocamora Workshop hosted by theMoose Jaw Pottery Club

 2005 Prairie Fire, Fire Master:  Dee Funk 

 2005 Synergy in Clay, Instructors:  Zach Dietrich, Wendy Parsons, Rob Froese 

 2004 Multiples and Manipulation, Instructor:  Martin Tagseth

 2003 Bruce Cochrane Workshop hosted by Saskatoon Potter's Guild

 2002 Mel Bolen Workshop at Bruno, SK  

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

 2011   Ontario Craft ’11 - Ontario Craft Council Biennial Juried Exhibition

2011   Craft Currents: Contemporary Craft in Northern Ontario

2011   Handy: An Exhibition of Functional Craft

2008  Saskatchewan Flame - Wood-fired Clay Exhibition

2007  Spafford Collection – Moose Jaw Museum and Art Gallery

2007  Power of 10 - Saskterra Group Exhibition

2006  Dimensions - Saskatchewan Craft Council Juried Exhibition  

2005  Synergy in Clay - Moose Jaw Cultural Center Gallery, Moose Jaw, SK

2005  In the Round - Saskterra Traveling Group Exhibition 

Professional and Artistic Achievements

2006 Visual Arts Individual Assistance Creative Grant, Saskatchewan Arts Board

2003-9 Juried member of the Saskatchewan Craft Council

MEMBERSHIPS

2012-3 Fusion Clay and Glass Member

2012-3 Ontario Craft Council

2003-9 Saskatchewan Craft Council

2003-9 Saskterra

2005 Moose Jaw Woodfiring Cooperative

PAST AND CURRENT GALLERY REPRESENTATION

 Ontario Craft Council - The Guild Shop, Toronto, ON

West Parry Sound District Museum, Parry Sound, ON

Artists Round the Sound Gallery, Parry Sound, ON

Mackenzie Gallery Shop, Regina, SK

Traditions Handcraft Gallery, Regina, SK

Yvette Moore Gallery, Moose Jaw, SK

Moose Jaw Museum & Art Gallery, Moose Jaw, SK

Handmade House, Saskatoon, SK

PAST AND CURRENT CRAFT SHOWS

Fine Art & Craft Festival, Burlington, ON

Fairy Lake Artisans Festival, Newmarket, ON

Art in the Park, Parry Sound, ON

Haliburton Art & Craft Festival, Haliburton, ON

Dockside Festival, Bracebridge, ON

Cabbagetown Art and Crafts Sale, Toronto, ON

The Moose Show, Toronto, ON

Bazaart, Mackenzie Art Gallery, Regina, SK

Wintergreen Fine Craft Market, Saskatchewan Craft Council, Regina, SK

Cathedral Village Arts Festival, Regina, SK

Artisans Fine Craft Market, Saskatoon, SK

Waterfront Craft Art Festival, Saskatoon, SK

Park Art, Moose Jaw Museum and Art Gallery, Moose Jaw, SK

Briercrest Christmas Craft Show, Caronport, SK

MEDIA REPRESENTATION

Television, Corner Gas, Episode “Shirt Disturber”

Theatre,  “The Keeper”  Written by Tim Hildebrand

Parry Sound Sideroads, March 2017