Refine your search

Filter results by item type

Martha Ash, Polish Migrant & Artist, circa 1950s

Laminated Glass Sculpture - The Beginning of the End

Image: Laminated Glass Sculpture - The Beginning of the End

Source: Museum Victoria

Martha Ash was born in Poland in 1920. From an early age she was encouraged in her artistic endeavours by her mother, a non-practising artist. During World War II, Martha was interned in a labour camp and her entire family became victims of the Holocaust. After the War she studied philosophy at the University of Lwow in Poland and worked as an interpreter. She lived in Prague, Paris and Brussels before moving to Australia.

In Australia she undertook a variety of training to enhance her artistic practice including tuition from David Boyd, an art course at RMIT, sculpture at the Caulfield Institute of Technology, enamelling and silver smithing at Collingwood Technical College and the University of Melbourne. She also studied glass mosaics on a trip to Venice. Martha worked with a variety of different media throughout her career, including ceramics, mosaics, jewellery and enamelling. There was a thematic continuity to her artworks with her Jewish heritage and culture and her own personal experiences providing much of the inspiration for her work.

Martha's work is represented in collections in five countries and she held several exhibitions during her lifetime.

References
Deborah Tout-Smith & Anna Malgorzewicz (1992). Contemporary Craft and Cultural Identity Project. MoV and Monash Uni History Dept

Items per page: 10 50 (showing 11 - 20) 27 items

  • Container of Pigment - Red, circa 1996 Object

    Container of Pigment - Red, circa 1996

    Small clear plastic jar of red pigment. Martha Ash was born in Poland in 1920 and lost all her family in the Holocaust. She came to Australia in 1949 where she studied ceramics, sculptu ...

    Images: 1
  • Tool - Metal Rod with Hook, circa 1996 Object

    Tool - Metal Rod with Hook, circa 1996

    Metal Tool with a hook on the end used by artist Martha Ash, circa 1996. Martha Ash was born in Poland in 1920 and lost all her family in the Holocaust. She came to Australia in 1949 wh ...

    Images: 1
  • Tool - Spatula, circa 1996 Object

    Tool - Spatula, circa 1996

    Spatula used by artist Martha Ash circa 1996. Martha Ash was born in Poland in 1920 and lost all her family in the Holocaust. She came to Australia in 1949 where she studied ceramics, s ...

    Images: 1
  • Jar of Pigment - Amaco, Orange, circa 1996 Object

    Jar of Pigment - Amaco, Orange, circa 1996

    Jar of orange pigment made by Amaco, used by artist Martha Ash, circa 1996. Martha Ash was born in Poland in 1920 and lost all her family in the Holocaust. She came to Australia in 1949 ...

    Images: 1
  • Jar - Red Glass Pieces, circa 1996 Object

    Jar - Red Glass Pieces, circa 1996

    Jar of Red Glass Pieces used by artist Martha Ash, circa 1996. Martha Ash was born in Poland in 1920 and lost all her family in the Holocaust. She came to Australia in 1949 where she st ...

    Images: 1
  • Jar - Multi Coloured Glass Pieces, circa 1996 Object

    Jar - Multi Coloured Glass Pieces, circa 1996

    Jar filled with multi coloured glass pieces used by artist Martha Ash circa 1996. Martha Ash was born in Poland in 1920 and lost all her family in the Holocaust. She came to Australia i ...

    Images: 1
  • Small Kiln - Fornell & Co, EFCO 150, pre 1996 Object

    Small Kiln - Fornell & Co, EFCO 150, pre 1996

    Small Kiln made by Fornell and Company, used by Martha Ash, circa 1996. Martha Ash was born in Poland in 1920 and lost all her family in the Holocaust. She came to Australia in 1949 whe ...

    Images: 13
  • Kiln Spatula - Metal & Wood, circa 1996 Object

    Kiln Spatula - Metal & Wood, circa 1996

    Kiln Spatula used by artist Martha Ash, circa 1996. Martha Ash was born in Poland in 1920 and lost all her family in the Holocaust. She came to Australia in 1949 where she studied ceram ...

    Images: 2
  • Cord - Fornell & Co, Electric, White, pre 1996 Object

    Cord - Fornell & Co, Electric, White, pre 1996

    Power cord for a small Kiln made by Fornell and Company, used by Martha Ash, circa 1996. Martha Ash was born in Poland in 1920 and lost all her family in the Holocaust. She came to Aust ...

    Images: 4
  • Tile - Fornell & Co, Ceramic, pre 1996 Object

    Tile - Fornell & Co, Ceramic, pre 1996

    Ceramic tile for use with a small kiln made by Fornell and Company, used by Martha Ash, circa 1996. Martha Ash was born in Poland in 1920 and lost all her family in the Holocaust. She c ...

    Images: 2
Yes No