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Judy Motzkin Bio

The work of Judith Motzkin has been exhibited nationally and internationally, with her unique "flame-painted" clay vessels represented in the permanent collection of the Boston Museum of Fine Arts and the Danforth Museum of Art.

Her vessels have been chosen for the covers of books—Lark Book’s 500 Bowls, and Rockport Publisher’s Best of Pottery—and the cover article in Ceramics Monthly (11/01). Her work was selected as a Mayoral gift to Cambridge’s sister city, Tsukuba, in Japan. Her spirit keeper jars are often used as a final resting place for the ashes of loved ones.

Motzkin’s mixed media work integrates the clay work into new materials and ideas. She has had four solo exhibition of this new work, including series revolving around tea, stones, secrets, passages and losses. More recent ventures have used the clay and other objects to create large format digital prints.

Motzkin has taught as visiting artist and workshop presenter at Harvard Office for the Arts, MIT, Massachusetts College of Art and other colleges and craft programs.

She was born in New York State and has lived in Cambridge Massachusetts since 1977 where she has served on the Board of the Arts Council and was a founder and the Cambridgeport Artists Open Studios (CAOS).

She studied Asian Studies and Chinese at Cornell University, where she began her work in ceramics as well. Her travels to the American Southwest, Mexico, and China were a great influence on the development of her unique style of work in clay, which is a meld of Native American and Asian sensibilities.



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