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.