Nicola Martin Ceramics
I create unique stoneware pottery pieces in my studio in The South Downs. I love the unplanned nature of throwing clay. From the moment I choose the clay body, weigh it out then throw it onto the wheel head I still don’t really know how the clay will ‘speak’ to me. The clay ‘lives’ on the wheel so no two pots are ever truly the same. Working with glazes that are often bespoke and hand-mixed in the studio, the connection with the natural world intensifies when a piece is glazed. There is an alchemy that takes place in the kiln when the unique combinations of glazes develop together, the resulting colours and patterns evoking seascapes and landscapes, or "an aerial view of the earth where land meets sea with shapes and colours that have been formed over the millennia". Channelling these inspirations into striking, contemporary glazes is key to my process. So far, I have created an eclectic collection ranging from unusual flower vases to serving platters. My signature ‘Earth Bowls’ evoke images of strata between land and sea.