Carys Martin Ceramics
We are committed to making beautiful handmade ceramic pieces that are all unique and made with love. We believe that the things you surround yourself with should bring you joy and have worth. They should have meaning and soul, and a story to tell.
Our collections range from functional, everyday art to one-off pieces of art. All items are designed by Carys, and handmade over a number of weeks and fired in her studio in Cleveland in South East Queensland.
"I love the challenge of creating in clay. To visualise the finished pieces and work out how to create it is something I enjoy. I have often made and remade a piece in my head many, many times before I start to sketch and definitely before I touch the clay. I work out the best techniques to build it, the pressure points of the make and how the firing will affect the piece. I decide upon the glaze finish I want to strive for and how this finish will compliment my vision. During my life I have worked in many different mediums and specialised in Printmaking during my Arts degree. I think this has benefited my ceramic practice and helps me to take the surface decoration of my work to another level. I definitely visualise in layers and how they build to create the finished effect which is something that I credit to my printmaking training.
Ancient woodlands and their landscapes have always called to me. Even though I have lived in Australia for nearly 20 years, it is the fells, craggy rocks, gnarled trees and becks of Northern England and Wales that call to me. The quiet woods with their mossy floor and rocky becks that we played in and explored as children, the birds and woodland animals that are as familiar to me now as they ever have been. The rhythmic cycle of life in the farming community that rarely changes, is grounding and gives a sense of calm in an ever-changing world. The distance and having lived in other lands, seem to magnify and give clarity to just how special those areas are. In the untouched and remote woodlands, it is not so hard to imagine the folktales being true and the animals living their own magical lives that intertwine with the fairy folk. It is these images that come to me in my dreams. "
Upcoming Exhibitions and Markets
Whispers From The Woods
Machinery St Gallery - Artisan, Bowen Hills
Sat 2nd Dec - 18th Feb
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Plant Empire Window Gallery
Whispers From The Woods Enchanted Mugs
19th April - 2nd May
Mind Body Spirit Festival Brisbane
23-25 February 2024
9-6pm (5pm close on Sunday)
Whispers From The Woods - Oracle Deck and Companion Book
Three generations of family come together, combining their unique talents and creativity to bring you Whispers From The Woods, a collection of oracle cards with an accompanying book. Marleen Morgans brings her incredible talent as an experienced artist, Jamie Martin delivers seamless tech wizardry enabling the cards to come to life on screen and Carys Martin is the artistic visionary, writer and mastermind of the project.
Drawing on a lifetime of creativity and ancestral wisdom, Carys, Marleen and Jamie have created Whispers From The Woods to bring you a touch of this very special magic.
Clay Classes At The Makers' Meet
Carys runs regular hand building and wheel throwing classes and workshops at her studio in Cleveland.
You can join her for a 2 hour workshop where she will give you the tuition and guidance to create the hand building project. These workshops have a set hand building technique at their core but allow for individual creativity in how you choose to use this technique. You can copy from an example or let your creativity free! After you have made your piece you can add decoration with tissue transfers and underglazes. Carys will then carefully dry your piece before firing and then glazing with a clear glaze before it is ready to be fired again before collection.
In her 10 week evening classes you have the freedom to take on your own projects with tuition from Carys. You can explore and learn hand building techniques as well as wheel throwing. During the term you are involved in the firing process and glaze your own work. These classes are suitable for absolute beginners as well as experienced ceramicists wanting to further their love for clay with like minded individuals.
One Cup = One Tree
We are protectors of the environment and are mindful in our making to minimise our input on the Earth. Inspired by nature, and motivated by the need to make a difference, we have a series of ceramic travel cups where we donate a portion of the sale to the organisation One Tree Planted. For every travel cup that leaves my studio a tree is planted to contribute to global reforestation. In 2020 we have shifted our planting focus to Australia to help replant the forests that were lost in the wild fires.
We love planting trees but ultimately we want to stop the need for ancient forests to be cut down. We encourage you to join us and stand against the mass produced throw away mindset. To reduce your personal waste, say no to single use, and instead reuse and recycle. As a consumer make your voice heard by mindfully choose things that are responsibly produced, make your heart sing and hold special meaning to you. Little actions everyday, like choosing to say no to disposable takeaway cups, add up and have a big impact.