Tony Marsh [b. 1954, New York, NY] is a sculptor and ceramicist based in Long Beach, California. He received his B.F.A. from California State University in 1978, after which he began an apprenticeship at Shimaoka Pottery in Mashiko, Japan. He received his M.F.A. from the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University. He has been showing his work in both solo and group exhibitions since 1992, and has been included in such notable exhibitions as the Cheongiu International Craft Biennale in South Korea (2015). He was also an invited international juror at the 2012 Koran International Ceramic Biennale, Incheon, South Korea. His work is in the permanent collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY; Museum fo Art and Design, New York, NY; Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA; Gardiner Museum of Ceramic Art, Toronto, Canada; Takumi Folk Art Gallery, Tokyo, Japan; New Taipei City Yingge Ceramics Museum, New Taipei City, Taiwan, among others.
Marsh produces his vessels by creating and deconstructing them simultaneously. Each piece is heavily textured with perforations, protrusions, or ornamentation. The result are pieces that often resemble such organic forms like cells or bacteria. During apprenticeship in Mashiko, Marsh learned from Tatsuzō Shimaoka, a potter known for reviving ancient ceramic techniques. This continues to inform Marsh’s practice, as he carries a learned appreciation for formal technique and craft tradition.