I am Marie Martin. I am from the French Alps, the last child in a family of 5, living in a house often filled with family and friends. I started hiking when I was 3, learned to ski a year later. My earliest memory is a sheep transhumance stopping right next to my house.
At age 10, I received a pottery wheel for kids. I loved it so much. But because it was very messy, I could hardly ever use it. 15 years later, I left Europe to live in China, breaking the traditional life path. I quickly jumped back into ceramic, found a studio with a teacher who couldn’t speak a word of English. A real challenge!
Since then, I haven’t stopped doing ceramic, learning the techniques in China for 8 years, followed by 4 years in San Francisco exploring materials and self-expression. After 10 years of daily practice in many different studios I decided to participate to a maker market which was a big success and from there I started to work as a full-time potter.
To work as a ceramist is to be in my place. There’s nothing else I’d like to do. I am where I’m supposed to be.
To fully enjoy my ceramics, you have to come close and discover the words, you have to touch the letters and feel the relief under your fingers. Each highlight catches the light, unlike the engraved words that play with the shadow, and captures the gaze to focus it on the text of the memory.
“Time is the main component when working with clay. My ceramics are filled with it so that you can make time for you and your loved ones “