New work from Martha Millard

Check out the amazing new work from Martha.  We love all the fresh new colours.

My pottery is constantly changing and evolving, most is functional although some pieces are purely whimsical. My functional forms are simple with subtle alterations, a little texturing and glazes that blend together seamlessly, pleasing both to the eye and the hand. It is designed to be used and enjoyed daily.  Because each piece is made by hand, no two are identical. This is due to the nature of the clay, the glaze and me leaving signs of the creative process like throwing lines and marks from tools or my fingers.

There is something special about things made of clay.  Each piece unique and imperfect, very much like our selves.

As someone arranges flowers in a vase, arranges food on a platter or wraps their hands around a warm coffee mug, I like to think that I have touched them in some way.

Martha is # 2 on the Tour

MJM POTTERY – Martha Millard

6 Goldie Court

Rothesay, NB

 

 

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Today from Noon -4pm

The 2015 Kings County Studio Tour is finally here 

Today  (Sunday June 14th) from noon to 4pm

We are sure hoping you are able to visit our studios and visit with the 15 participating artists in 12  locations

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Getting to know… Martha Millard

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What time of day are you most productive?

I prefer afternoons to other parts of the day. My other chores are up to date and I can focus on my art. Many days I lose track of time and work well into the evening.

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What new items are you currently working?

Colanders, garlic pots and bird feeders. I recently purchased a clay slab roller – a fun new device – and am looking forward to creating new platters and other functional items.

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Dream vacation? Where would you like to go and why.

We are heading to Iceland and Scotland in the fall. Both countries offer unique history, geographies, people and art.

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What music do you listen to when you are working?

I am fan of 70’s music as well as Blue Rodeo, Jimmy Buffett, Eric Clapton , Jackson Browne and James Taylor. IMG_3254_2 IMG_3253_3

Favourite colour?

Green – the basis for much of my glaze works

Hobbies

I love to read, work in my gardens , kayak and play hockey.

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Getting to know Carol Taylor

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What time of day are you most productive? 

Early morning in the summer…love that time of day.

What are you currently working? 

Finishing a show for Moncton in December. Because of problems with my studio this is what will be on my work table.

What would you like people to know about you, your creative process or your work?

That I’ve worked hard at it for over 30 years.

In the next five years you would you like to accomplish. Dream big!

Finish my series of women with axes and start another series of landscapes that I keep thinking about….that get my studio together.

Dream vacation? Where would you like to go and why.

Going back to Florence Italy to see the art and just to simply walk the city again. I went in 2003 as part of an International Exhibition and was awarded a fifth prize in Mixed Media, the largest category!

What music do you listen to when you are working?

Well the CBC is on, other than that, I’m concentrating and really don’t hear anything but birds in the trees sometimes.

Favourite colour? Red/orange/blue/yellow./green/ etcetcetc

Web Site: www.caroltaylor,ca (the story of my trip to Italy is at the beginning…you need to scroll a long way….partly because an elderly friend, Polly (Bernice) McQuinn wanted to have something on the internet so I placed a story she wrote years ago on my website.)

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Getting to know Karen Knight

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My name is Karen Knight and I’m a Handbuilding Artist Potter and Sculptor. I have my own business called Soul Impression Handbuilt Claywork and Fine Sculpture which is located on the old Rothesay Road in Saint John.

Handbuilding basically means that I don’t work on a wheel. I use the traditional methods of working with clay which are coiling, slab work, pinching and a combination of all three.   I started playing with clay when I was a kid at our camp on the Washademoak lake. I dug clay out of our frog pond and set up my own little work area on a large flat stone. There I created, surrounded by the glory of nature. It’s interesting to me that something that I did at such an early age stuck with me and eventually came full circle to become my life career.

We are cleaning out my parent’s home, as we sadly lost them both last year. Yesterday I found a letter from my mother to my father, for Father’s day. It was a treasure to find. In it, it describes the five children in my family. The interesting thing that my mother wrote about me was the statement “I can do it myself”. At an early age I was always creating things, spurred on by the challenge of how to make things work. I was an innovative child and could think outside the box.

Now as a Handbuilder, working with a pliable medium like clay, every creation has its challenges. So innovation and working outside the box is a constant part of my creative process. For example, if I’m creating a large sculpture, I have a make sure as I’m building the piece, it doesn’t get too heavy or the whole piece with begin to sag. Sometimes I’ll use a hairdryer to slightly harden the bottom so I continue building. I am also extremely visual. I can see things clearly in my head and work out solutions without even touching the clay.   For me, Handbuilding lends itself to endless creative possibilities and challenges which is perfect for the “kid” who said “I can do it myself”.

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So one of my favorite creations are my Lowtide Art pieces. I call them this because their inspiration comes from the amazing patterns the tide makes in the sand, which is only revealed at low tide. Of course I embellish the patterns. Every piece is carved with the index finger on my right hand.   Once the original pattern is established, I go back in and add angles and depth to the grooves. These enhance the way the light reflects off the glaze. As for my favorite color….I really don’t have a favorite but I do really like my floating blue glaze and my bronze matt glaze. So I guess I lean towards the greens and blues…sort of.

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