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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

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  • Sculpture - 'The Beginning of the End', Martha Ash, Laminated Glass, circa 1995 Object

    Sculpture - 'The Beginning of the End', Martha Ash, Laminated Glass, circa 1995

    Sculpture 'The Beginning of the End' by Martha Ash, circa 1995. Martha Ash was born in Poland in 1920 and lost all her family in the Holocaust. She came to Australia in 1949 where she s ...

    Images: 1
  • Artwork - Rainbow Over Melbourne, Martha Ash, Enamelled Picture, circa 1995 Object

    Artwork - Rainbow Over Melbourne, Martha Ash, Enamelled Picture, circa 1995

    Artwork 'Rainbow Over Melbourne' by Martha Ash, circa 1995. Martha Ash was born in Poland in 1920 and lost all her family in the Holocaust. She came to Australia in 1949 where she studi ...

    Images: 1
  • Mesh - Wire, circa 1996 Object

    Mesh - Wire, circa 1996

    Wire Mesh 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, ...

    Images: 1
  • Tool - Curved Fork, circa 1996 Object

    Tool - Curved Fork, circa 1996

    Tool with a curved forked 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 where ...

    Images: 1
  • Container - Ceramic Firing, circa 1996 Object

    Container - Ceramic Firing, circa 1996

    Ceramic Firing container 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 s ...

    Images: 4
  • Glass Pieces - Various, circa 1996 Object

    Glass Pieces - Various, circa 1996

    Collection of various glass pieces in a variety of colours 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 ...

    Images: 2
  • Metal Sheet - Copper, circa 1996 Object

    Metal Sheet - Copper, circa 1996

    Sheet of Copper 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 cer ...

    Images: 2
  • Metal Sheet - Copper, Enamelled, circa 1996 Object

    Metal Sheet - Copper, Enamelled, circa 1996

    Enamelled sheet of copper made 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 where she studied ...

    Images: 2
  • 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
  • Jar of Pigment - Opaque Blue, circa 1996 Object

    Jar of Pigment - Opaque Blue, circa 1996

    Jar of opaque blue pigment 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 ...

    Images: 1
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