Martie Carleton

Thirty years ago I formed my last ceramic works on a wheel in my home studio. After a long hiatus my artistic side has pulled me back to clay, this time hand building, and I have found my Zen place at 77.

Nature is my greatest influence. Like nature, my color palate ranges from subdued to garish – I enjoy arresting contrasting colors. The texture I work into the clay reminds me of a rock face, tree bark, or pebbles on the beach. All part of the universive shared with the clay itself. When you add the glazes over the texture you get something unpredictable, like nature and life.

Happy Butter Dish


5 in x 8 in x 4 in

2020, B Mix clay, low fire, underglaze

Not for sale

Three Mystic Jade Boxes


9 in x 4 in x 4 in | 7 in x 4 in x4 in | 7 in x 4 in x 4 in

2020, B Mix clay, Mystic Jade low fire glaze

Not for sale

Light up the night, Luminaries


7 in x 5 in x 5 in | 7 in x 4 in x 4 in

2020 B Mix clay, Mayco Glazes

Not for sale

Artist's biography:


When I was 9-10 years old I discovered a book of famous paintings, from the moment I opened the book I was hooked. I have spent a life time of searching museums for those pieces that so inspired me as child, while trying to find my own artistic being. My degree in Art History from Mills College inspired me to volunteer as a children's docent at the SFMOMA, but more than that, introduced me to many different expressions of Art. Clay offers my creative side the freedom to explore the unlimited world of creating.