In the words of Martha Marks:
I believe that all bags of clay should come with labels that read ‘Warning! Contents highly addictive!,’ ” said Martha Marks. “You hear a lot of philosophical things about working with the dirt and reconnecting with the Earth. For me, there’s just something so addictive about taking a chunk of clay and turning it into something that is beautiful and useful.”
Martha Marks started what she calls “playing with mud” in 2002. At a two-week pottery session in Montreat, North Carolina — on a family vacation — she developed a passion for shaping and throwing clay.
After seven years of dabbling off and on with pottery, in 2009 Martha committed to her art. Now, along with creating pieces for exhibits and art shows across the Southeast, she teaches classes out of the Madison studio she shares with five other ceramic artists, Zero Sullivan Arts. “I enjoy sharing clay with others and seeing them get addicted, too!”
Many of Martha’s pieces, adorned with vines and leaves and colored with blue and green glazes, reflect her roots growing up along the Tennessee River. “I am most inspired when outdoors enjoying nature. Usually when I need to recharge, you’ll find me sitting on the river bank with my sketch book.