MEET THE POTTER
Hi, I'm Nicola!
I was inspired to pick up a piece of clay by my primary school art teacher. Still to this day, every time I pick up a ball of clay I feel like I am back in that classroom.
Nicola's first pot: a hand-built turtle money holder made aged 8
Since then pottery has become the place where I lose myself completely. I find I am my most expressive with clay. I love the tactile nature of this material. I could honestly say I enjoy EVERY MOMENT of this age-old process of making a pot.
I am fascinated by the different styles of pottery and I like nothing more than spending time researching this ancient art form, particularly Japanese ceramic art. I am learning and discovering all the time including what happens when I create my own glazes.
Up until quite recently I was an itinerant potter snatching moments of quiet amidst the chaos of family life. It was the search for stillness during the crazy Covid world that provided me the opportunity to explore my pottery ‘habit’. Consequently, I have established ‘Nicola Martin Ceramics’ and create pots under my name for various galleries and shops.
Through my EARTH BOWLS I explore themes of ecology and conservation with the use of bespoke, experimental glazing practices.
Pacuare Reserve in Costa Rica where Nicola worked on a turtle conservation project
UTILE is my range of useful, functional pottery pieces for the home, such as dinner ware or vases.
My mission is to create ‘one off, unique pottery pieces which you will treasure forever’.
I hope you enjoy my pottery and thank you for visiting my website.
Nicola at the wheel in her South Downs studio