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Courtney Martin

Courtney Martin

Courtney Martin creates original pottery in the mountains of Western North Carolina. Using throwing and handbuilding techniques and her own glazes, Courtney generates lively and fun pottery for use. Her unique line and polka-dot style as well as the wood-fired cross draft climbing kiln she built, has helped Courtney find audiences all over the world. In July 2010 Courtney had a solo show in Okinawa, Japan.

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Courtney Martin Mug at MudFire Gallery
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Courtney Martin Serving Bowl at MudFire Gallery
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Courtney Martin Lidded Jar at MudFire Gallery
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Courtney Martin Teapot at MudFire Gallery
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Courtney Martin Vase at MudFire Gallery
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Courtney Martin Yunomi at MudFire Gallery
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Courtney Martin Yunomi at MudFire Gallery
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Courtney Martin Yunomi at MudFire Gallery
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Courtney Martin Yunomi at MudFire Gallery
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Courtney Martin Salad Plate at MudFire Gallery
Price: $35.00
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Courtney Martin Oil Jar at MudFire Gallery
Price: $75.00
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Courtney Martin Bowl at MudFire Gallery
Price: $15.00
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Courtney Martin Bowl at MudFire Gallery
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Courtney Martin Mug at MudFire Gallery
Price: $42.00
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Courtney Martin Mug at MudFire Gallery
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Courtney Martin Mug at MudFire Gallery
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Courtney Martin Mug at MudFire Gallery
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Courtney Martin Mug at MudFire Gallery
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Courtney Martin Square Bowl at MudFire Gallery
Price: $30.00
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Courtney Martin Square Bowl at MudFire Gallery
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Courtney Martin Bowl at MudFire Gallery
Price: $36.00
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Courtney Martin Bowl at MudFire Gallery
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Courtney Martin Bowl at MudFire Gallery
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Courtney Martin Sectional Server at MudFire Gallery
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Courtney Martin 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 a 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.

 

Courtney Martin Artist Statement

When I sit down at my wheel to make pots, I think about how they will be used. Will this bowl be the right form for black bean chili? Is this pitcher best for sweet tea or maybe just ice water? How will cherry tomatoes look presented in my pottery? It is exciting to me that I may create something as intimate as the cup for your hot chocolate.

When I think about how I will glaze the pots, I often imagine my decorations as dressing the ware. Where I will put dots, where I will lay lines. How will the pattern wrap itself around the pot?

After the pots are all gussied up, I load them into the kiln. I love contemplating the flames circling the pottery, and placing the pots where they need be so that the finished ware looks and feels desirable. My aim is to make pots with integrity, which continue to be sweet and joyful.



Courtney Martin Artist Resume

Education:
Penland School of Crafts, Penland, NC
Summer 2008, Studio Assistant- Sculptural bowls workshop with Jerilyn Virden.
Summer 2006, Studio Assistant- Workshop focused on the relationship between pots with Holly Walker and Linda Casbon
Summer 2004, Studio Assistant- Wheel throwing and handbuilding workshop with Terry Gess
Summer 2002, Scholarship Recipient-Ceramics workshop with Terry Gess
Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, Gaitlinburg, TN
Fall 2004, Studio Assistant- Handbuilding workshop with Holly Walker
Odyssey Center for the Ceramic Arts, Asheville, NC
Summer 2004, Studio Assistant-Glaze calculation workshop with John Britt
University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM
B.F.A. with an emphasis in Ceramics. Studied under Gina Bobrowski and Bill Gilbert. Studies also included summer sessions in Mata Ortiz, Mexico with Juan Quezada. B.F.A. exhibition in May 2001 at the South Broadway Cultural Center, Albuquerque, NM.
Exhibitions and Shows:
2010
Courtney Martin Exhibition, Ryubo Gallery. Naha City, Okinawa, Japan. July 20 to 26, 2010.
2010 North Carolina Pottery Show and Sale, Hambidge Center for the Arts, Rabun Gap, GA. April 24 to June 19, 2010.
Tea Time and Tea Cups, Zen Tea House, Louisville, KY. April 19 to May 3, 2010.
4 Bridges Arts Festival, Chatanooga, TN. April 16 to 18, 2010
Craft Boston, Boston MA. April 9 to 11, 2010.

2009
The Art of the Cup, Ogden Museum, New Orleans, LA. November 12 to December 20, 2009.
Studio Pots, Freehand Gallery, Los Angeles, CA. October 24 to November 21, 2009.
Southern Highlands Craft Guild October Show, Asheville, NC. October 15 to 18, 2010.
Spruce Pine Potters Market, Spruce Pine, NC. October 10 and 11, 2009.
Think Outside the Box, Cedar Creek Gallery, Creedmore, NC. October 2 to November 8, 2009.
Fall Celebration of the Arts, Toe River Arts Council, Spruce Pine, NC. October 3 to November 7, 2009.
Mug*Shots, MudFire Gallery, Decatur, GA. August 8 to September 26, 2009.
Function and Funk: The Pottery of Courtney Martin, Toe River Arts Council, Burnsville, NC. July3 to August 15, 2009.
Southern Highlands Craft Guild July Show, Asheville, NC. July 16 to 19, 2009.
Saving the Places You Love, The Mahler Gallery, Raleigh NC. June 5 to 30, 2009.
Catawba Valley Pottery and Antiques Festival, Hickory, NC. March 27 and 28, 2009.
American Craft Council Show, Atlanta, GA. March 12 to 15, 2009.

2008
Winter Show 2008, Green Hill Center for NC Art, Greensboro, NC. December 7 to December 31, 2008
Holiday Studio Show 2008, MudFire Gallery, Decatur, GA. November 28 to December 23, 2008
American Craft Council Show, Charlotte, NC. October 31 to November 2 2009
Celebrate Clay, Hambidge Center for Creative Arts and Sciences. Rabun Gap, GA. September 27 to November 22, 2008.
Southern Highlands Craft Guild Fall Show, Asheville, NC. October 16 to 19, 2008.
Spruce Pine Potters Market, Spruce Pine, NC. October 11 and 12, 2008.
Featured Artist, Heart of Living Gallery, Greensboro, NC. September, 2009.
Southern Highlands Craft Guild July Show, Asheville, NC. July 17 to 20, 2008.
Line and Color, MudFire Gallery, Decatur, GA. April 5 to May 3, 2008.
Catawba Valley Pottery and Antiques Festival, Hickory, NC. March 22, 2008
Alamance Arts Council: Christmas at Captain White's, December 1 2007 to January 5 2008.

2007
Piedmont Craftmen's 44th Fair, Winston-Salem, NC. November 16 to 18, 2007.
Southern Highlands Craft Guild Fall Show, Asheville, NC. October 18 to 21, 2007.
Spruce Pine Potters Market, Spruce Pine, NC. October 13 and 14, 2007.
Fall Celebration of the Arts, Toe River Arts Council, Spruce Pine, NC. September 22 to November 3, 2007.
Pushing Traditions, Good Dirt Gallery, Athens, GA. September 7 to October 29, 2007.
Put a Lid On It, MudFire Gallery, Decatur, GA. May 12 to June 12, 2007.
Polka Dots, MudFire Gallery, Decatur, GA. April 14 to May 5, 2007.
Claymakers First Annual Juried Competition and Exhibition; Vessels 2007, Durham, NC. Feb 13 to April 2, 2007.

2006 and Earlier
The Old English Inn Invitational Pottery Show and Sale, Spruce Pine, NC. October 14 and 15, 2006.
Fall Celebration of the Arts, Toe River Arts Council, Spruce Pine, NC. September 23 to November 4, 2006.
Transylvania Arts Council, Pottery show curated by Terry Gess. October 3 to November 4, 2005.