Biography: Tom Marsh
Edwin Thomas “Tom” Marsh was born on February 11, 1934 in Winchester, Kentucky. He graduated from Silver Creek High School in Sellersburg in 1951. He began attending the University of Louisville in that year and worked towards a music degree. In 1952, Mr. Marsh moved to Japan where he attended International Christian University and became fluent in Japanese. He returned to the University of Louisville in 1955 and became a painting and ceramics major. He graduated in 1960 with a BS in Art and became the first ceramics major to do so at the university.
After undergrad, Mr. Marsh moved back to Japan where he spent the next four years studying under master potters Totaro Sakuma (1961-1962) and Kei Fujiwara (1963-1964). He attended Indiana University and graduated with a Masters of Arts in Teaching Ceramics in 1970. During that time, he worked as an art teacher at Silver Creek High School. In 1971, Mr. Marsh became a full-time instructor at the University of Louisville. He was known for using music, literature, philosophy, and art in his teaching. In 1983, he was recognized as a Distinguished Graduate Teaching Professor by the university. Mr. Marsh also spent the summers of 1970, 1971, and 1972 as a visiting professor at Purdue University alongside his wife, Ginny.
During his years as a professor, he also continued to display his own work. He participated in more than 70 exhibitions in galleries such as Bendigo Pottery International in Melbourne, Australia, Concorso Internazionale del Arte in Faenza, Italy, and Greenwich House Pottery in New York City. In 1968, he and his wife, Ginny, opened Marsh Pottery. His work has been displayed in various museums and galleries such as the Smithsonian Institution and the Modern Museum of Art in Tokyo, Japan. Tom Marsh died on December 2, 1991. He was survived by his second wife, Virginia Jean Stein Marsh, five children, and four grandchildren.