“When I am working on these pieces I work quickly, physically, without a fixed plan, allowing the piece to evolve through the process. I require time and space to think as I start a making session. I think about life and place. I think about the the fragility of who we are and where we are. I think about the forms and structures that ground us and provide stability, such as buildings, homes, and architectural elements and how these interact with and are affected by humans and the natural world. I think about nature, trees, rocks, mud and how they change over time. These ideas grow, develop, and change as I work so that the end result is always a bit of a surprise. ”
Kirke Martin, ceramic artist, creates a range of functional and sculptural wood-fired ceramics that fuse traditional techniques with independent design. His work reflects inspiration from natural elements and historical forms. During the labor intensive wood-firing process, the raw characteristics of the clay interact with the flames and ash, creating texture and unique effects. Kirke Martin studio -M4 Studios- consists of the pottery and the gallery and is located in western Maryland near historic Keedysville and Antietam Battlefield. A native of Nashville, Tennessee, Kirke has 25 years of experience studying, teaching, and professionally producing ceramics and building kilns. He has worked in ceramics studios throughout the United States and the United Kingdom. He first discovered ceramics while still a teenager at the Cranbrook Kingswood School in Bloomfield Hills, MI. Afterwards, Kirke received his BFA with a concentration in ceramics from the Appalachian Center for Crafts, Tennessee Technological University. Then he supplemented his education and professional formation with an apprenticeship with John Glick and by working in a studio at Micki Schloessingk’s Bridge Pottery in Wales. He established his M4 Studios in Keedysville, Maryland in 2004. Kirke Martin’s exhibit at Tomandy Gallery focuses on his sculptural forms, large platters, towers, structures, and amorphous pieces. The clay has been extruded, stretched, torn, shaped, and assembled. The sculptures have an organic, raw feel that reflect how the forces of life and nature intersect, shaping experience, and informing the narrative of the interaction among people-places-things.
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