Courtney Martin

Artist Statement

  As a gardener, cook, mother, and potter, I think a lot about food.  It makes me so happy to serve something I know to be nourishing.  I think that is why making pots seems so special to me.  I love setting a table full of different bowls and plates and trays containing wholesome foods.  

When I am in my studio making pots, I consider how I intend the pots to be used.  Different pots for different foods.  I work in series, and try to improve the form on each successive pot.  The rhythm of my kickwheel, and the pace of making slab work are just the right speed for me.  When I glaze my pots I consider how foods will be presented in the pottery.  I draw bold patterns on my simple pots.  I try to bring something of an urban sensibility to traditional forms and techniques.  

The environmental implications of my craft are important to me, so I make my firings carbon neutral by using waste wood from the local saw mill to fire my kiln. I appreciate the connection that tending the fire affords.  Wood crackles quietly and I am directly involved with the kiln.  I love that the fire, ash, and salt make their mark on my pots.

I aim to make pots with integrity that radiate sweetness and joy.

Artist Bio

 Courtney Martin is a full time studio potter living and working in the mountains of North Carolina near Penland.  She grew up just outside of New York City on Long Island.  After high school Courtney went to college at the University of New Mexico.  During her first year at UNM, she took a ceramics class on a whim and fell in love with clay.  After graduating with a BFA in ceramics, Courtney moved to western North Carolina to work with and apprenticed for Terry Gess, Michael Kline, Cynthia Bringle, and others.   While working with other potters, learning more about making pottery and the business of pottery, Courtney continued to develop her own voice in ceramics.  She has taken and assisted in classes at Penland, Arrowmont, Odyssey and Santa Fe Clay.  In 2006 she stopped working for others and began making her living making pots.  In 2007 Courtney was awarded the Regional Artists Project Grant towards funding to build a kiln.  By August of 2007 she had completed building her wood fired cross draft climbing kiln.  Since building her kiln, Courtney work has continued to grow and find audiences all over the world.  In July 2010 Courtney had a solo show in Okinawa, Japan.   She is represented by (among others) Freehand Gallery, Penland Gallery, and Lark and Key.  



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3224 Snow Creek Road, Bakersville NC 28705