Many things influence my work including the long history of pottery traditions in different cultures, but I design with the contemporary table in mind. I look to Japanese folk pottery as well as designers from the Arts and Crafts Movement and Modernism periods. But I also enjoy looking at all kinds of objects in antique flea markets, and have old fabricated metal pouring pots such as oil cans, teapots, and watering cans lined up on shelves above windows in my studio. Architecture plays a role in the underlying structure of my forms with a blend of angles and curves. I apply carved, impressed or raised textures for glaze to play against, with an eye to textiles as a resource. Small details are used for emphasis or focus, in an attempt to use embellishment while aiming for quiet, subtle restraint. I work slowly in a series, varying shape and proportions and changing details. The progression is gradual, but by creating different combinations my hope is the work continues to evolve while also recording where I am in time. My pots are one way I define myself and connect with other people. They are about touch and use, the life of the kitchen and the pleasures of the table. They are also about the potential to enrich and awaken the routines and rhythms of our domestic environment and bring art, beauty, and intelligence to our daily private lives.
MFA, in Ceramics, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota, 1974.
BA , Knox College, Galesburg, Illinois, 1970, cum laude.
Department of Art and Art History, College of William and Mary
Professor Emerita, 2013-present
Associate Professor: 1981-92
Department Chair: 1985-87, 1993-94
Assistant Professor: 1977-1981
William and Mary Study Abroad Program in Ceramics: Urbino, Italy
University of Georgia Studies Abroad Program: Cortona, Italy
Artist in Residence: Fall 1990
Visiting Professor: Summer 1988
National Juried, Invitational, and Curated Exhibition
“Passing It On: From Bernard Leach to Jeff Oestreich to the Midwest and Beyond”, Craft in America Center, Los Angeles, CA, 2014.
Blue Spiral 1 Gallery, four-artist exhibition, Asheville, NC, 2013.
“La Mesa”, national invitational exhibition Santa Fe Clay, in conjunction with the NCECA Conference, Houston, TX, 2013.
“Duets”, national invitational exhibition, Clay Art Center, Port Chester, NY, 2013
“La Mesa”, national invitational exhibition Santa Fe Clay, in conjunction with the NCECA Conference, Seattle, WA, 2012.
“Yunomi Invitational”, national exhibition, AKAR, Iowa City, Iowa, 2012.
“Beyond Form: Exploring the Ceramic Surface”, curated, Peninsula Fine Arts Center, Newport, News, VA, 2012.
“Marlene Jack: A Journey In Clay”, retrospective exhibition, invited, Muscarelle Museum of Art, Williamsburg, VA, 2011.
Solo Exhibition, Blue Spiral 1 Gallery, Asheville, NC, 2011.
“La Mesa”, Santa Fe Gallery, national invitational exhibition, in conjunction with the NCECA Conference, Tampa, FL, 2011.
“Yunomi Invitational”, national exhibition, AKAR, Iowa City, Iowa, 2011.
“Portrait of the Artist”, curated, Charles Taylor Arts Center, Hampton, VA, 2010.
“American Pottery Festival”, Northern Clay Center, Minneapolis, MN, 2010 and 2009.
“Cups”, Invitational Exhibition, Blue Spiral Gallery, Asheville, NC, 2010.
“P4/Paintings, Photographs, Pottery and Prints: New Work by Crain, Gehman, Jack, and May”, curated, Tidewater Visual Arts Center, Portsmouth, VA 2010.
La Mesa”, national invitational exhibition, Santa Fe Clay, in conjunction with the NCECA Conference, Philadelphia, PA, 2010.
“Porcelain”, invitational exhibition, MudFire Gallery, Decatur, GA, 2010.
“MacKenzie Legacy”, invitational exhibition, San Francisco Folk Art Museum, San Francisco, CA, 2009.
“La Mesa”, national invitational exhibition, Santa Fe Clay, in conjunction with the NCECA Conference, Phoenix, AZ, 2009.
“Yunomi Invitational”, national, AKAR, Iowa City, Iowa, 2009.
“Cups”, invitational exhibition, Red Star Studios, Kansas City, MO, 2008.
“Strictly Functional National Juried Exhibition”, Market House Craft Center, Lancaster, PA, 2008.
“Voices From the Earth”, Old Dominion University, Norfolk, Virginia, 2008.
“Transformations: 6 x 6", national invitational, Clay Art Center, Port Chester, NY, 2008.
“Sip, Slurp, Gulp”, national invitational, Santa Fe Clay, Santa, Fe, NM, 2008.
“PotPOURri: pots that POUR”, invitational, Clay Art Center, Port Chester, NY, 2008.
“Yunomi Invitational”, national, AKAR Design, Iowa City, IA, 2008.
“Studio Pottery Invitational:A Legacy of Influence”, Blue Spiral 1, Asheville, NC, 2007.
“Eat With Your Eyes”, curated, Northern Clay Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota, 2007.
“Craft Invitational Exhibition”, curated, Charles Taylor Art Center, Hampton, VA, 2007.
“15thStrictly Functional National Juried Exhibition”,Market House Craft Center, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, 2007.
“7th Annual National Juried Cup Show”, Kent State University, Kent, Ohio, 2007.
“Yunomi Invitational”, national, AKAR Design, Iowa City, Iowa, 2007.
“Serving the US: Master Kiln Builders Invitational”, Louisville Glassworks Gallery, Louisville, Kentucky, 2007.
“La Mesa”, national invitational, Santa Fe Clay, in Louisville, Kentucky, in conjunction with NCECA, 2007.
“Artists Who Teach”, Charles Taylor Art Center, Hampton, VA, 2007. Honorable Mention.
“Winterfest National Invitational”, Baltimore Clayworks, Baltimore, Maryland, 2006.
“Cup: The Intimate Object V”, Charlie Cummings Gallery, Fort Wayne, Indiana, 2006.
“Biennial 2006 Juried Exhibition”, juror Tony Hepburn, Peninsula Fine Arts Center, Newport News, Virginia, 2006.
“La Mesa”, national invitational, Santa Fe Clay in Portland, Oregon, in conjunction with NCECA 2006.
Awards, Published Articles and Images
Photos of work, 500 Teapots Vol 2, 2013
Photo of work, 500 Vases, Lark Books, 2010
Photo of work, 500 Plates and Chargers, Lark Books, 2008.
Photo of work, Ceramics Monthly poster distributed at the National Council on Education in the Ceramics Arts Conference, Portland, Oregon, 2006.
Fellow of the Council, National Council of Education in the Ceramics Arts (NCECA), 1989-present, awarded for “Recognition of outstanding contribution to the Council and notable commitment to education in the ceramic arts.”
Featured Artist, Cover of Ceramics Monthly, and article “A Balanced Hand”, December issue 2005.
Purchase Award for permanent collection of Ceramics Monthly, juror John Glick, “13th Annual Strictly Functional Pottery National Exhibition”, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, 2005.
Purchase for permanent collection, The Clay Arts Guild, Walnut Creek Civic Arts Center, Walnut Creek, California, 2005.
Purchase Award, “Feats of Clay XV”, national juried exhibition, Lincoln Arts and Culture Foundation, Gladding McBean Factory Studio, Lincoln, California, 2002.
Purchase for permanent collection, Minneapolis Institute of the Arts, Minneapolis, Minnesota, 2000.
ART 327 Ceramics: Handbuilding
ART 328 Ceramics: Throwing
ART 416 Advanced Ceramics
ART 443-04 Advanced Independent Study Ceramics,
ART 460 Senior Exhibition Seminar
ART 212 Three-Dimensional Foundations.