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:

 

2013Phil 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