Biography

Martie Geiger-Ho earned a Ph.D. (Fine Arts Interdisciplinary) with an emphasis in art education at Texas Tech University, Texas, August 2003. Her dissertation, "Pathways of Transmission: Investigating the Influence of Chinese Kiln God Worship and Mythology on Kiln God Concepts and Rituals as Observed by American Ceramists" is an ethnographic study of the worship practices associated with the ceramics industry in Jingdezhen, China. In 1994 she earned her M.F.A. in ceramics and painting from Texas Tech University and in 1987 she received an M.A. from the University of New Mexico. Dr. Geiger-Ho earned her B.F.A. from Arizona State University in 1984, with "Distinction in Ceramics." Dr. Geiger-Ho began her art career as an Arts and Crafts Specialist in the United States Army, 1974-1977.

Dr. Geiger-Ho accepted a position in the summer 2012, as assistant professor at University of Brunei Darussalam (UBD), Brunei Darussalam, where she taught ceramics, sculpture, mixed media, art history, and supervised MA in Art by Research and Ph.D. in Art programmes. Prior to her teaching at UBD, she taught ceramics, sculpture and art history at Academy of Visual Arts, Hong Kong Baptist University, 2007-2009; taught ceramics and art history at University of Pittsburgh at Bradford, 2003-2007 & 2009-2011; and taught ceramics, sculpture, art history and art education, at Mississippi University For Women, 2001-2003.

Dr. Geiger-Ho is also an art educator (life-time Texas teaching license), and she has taught full-time in both public U.S. schools and at the private Hong Kong International High School.  Before going to work in Hong Kong as the Assistant Director of I-Kiln Studio, 1996-1999, she undertook a one-year teaching assignment as a visiting assistant professor of art at Gustavus Adolphus College, St. Peter, Minnesota, 1995-1996. 

Dr. Geiger-Ho helped to co-found Hong Kong Mural Society (HKMS) and I-Kiln Studio, with I-Kiln Studio’s Chairman, Chan Kam Shing and her husband, Kong Ho in 1997. She helped to organize Hong Kong’s first large scale raku project (this project involved helping to secure a large grant form the Hong Kong Arts Development Council, the teaching or workshops, and the organization of a major exhibition at the Hong Kong Visual Arts Center), a pilot public housing mural project and muralist-in-schools project. During her three years in Hong Kong, Dr. Geiger-Ho participated in many local, invitational and juried shows, and she was a recipient of two individual Hong Kong Arts Development Council Grants.  Dr. Geiger-Ho was also a frequent lecturer and course instructor at the Hong Kong Visual Arts Center and the Hong Kong Museum of Art.  Dr. Geiger-Ho was a part-time Visiting Lecturer at the School of Design, Hong Kong Polytechnic University in the fall 1998.  Additionally she also taught ceramics at I-Kiln Studio and The Pottery Workshop from 1996 to 1999.  In August of 1997, she facilitated a forum on Hong Kong's censorship policies entitled "Uncensored Censorship" at the Fringe Club.

Dr. Geiger-Ho's book, The Worship of Kiln Gods: From the Temples of China to the Studios of Western Potters, was published by Outskirts Press in 2012. Her research has appeared in numerous publications, including "University art students undertake entrepreneurship action in Brunei Darussalam" in Teaching Artist Journal, Vol. 12, issue 3, July 2014; "Origins of kiln gods" in Ceramics Monthly, Vol. 61, issue 8, October 2013; "Supporting art teachers and programs through the entrepreneurship of Bruneian college students in Brunei Darussalam" in 9th Asia-Pacific Symposium on Music Education Research/Arts Education Conference 2013 Official Conference Proceedings, July 2013; "Rewriting the Signpost: Memories of Misdirection" in The Asian Conference on Arts & Humanities 2013 Official Conference Proceedings, May 2013; "Playing with Fire and Kiln Gods" Ceramics Technical, Vol. 24, October 2007; "Guardians of Fire and Clay: The Legacy of China’s Kiln Gods" in The Studio Potter, Vol. 28, issue 2, 2000; "Kiln Lore" in Today's Living, Vol. 134, September 1998. Dr. Geiger-Ho's international exhibition record shows that she has participated in many invitational and juried shows in the United States, Hong Kong, Macau, China, Brunei Darussalam, Japan, and Canada.