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Artist: Courtney Martin

Courtney Martin
Courtney Martin, NORTH CAROLINA
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Courtney Martin in a studio potter in the mountains of Western North Carolina. Using NC Clay (Clay by STARWorks), and her wood kiln. Courtney  creates pots for daily use. She lives with her husband, John Geci, two kids, and two dogs.


Selected Exhibitions and Shows


ramen + rice: The Idiosyncratic Bowl, Penland Gallery, Penland NC, April 27- June 6, 2021.

Makers Focus: Courtney Martin, Schaller Gallery, Baroda MI, April 2021.

Women of Woodfire, Eutectic Gallery, Portland OR, June 2021.


Narrative/Abstraction/Iteration, The Bascom, Highlands, NC. April to Sept 2020

Function: Luncheon, Good Earth Pottery, Bellingham, WA. April 2020

Women of Woodfire, Eutectic Gallery, Portland, OR. June 19-July 25, 2020.

Cousins in Clay, Online, September 4-6, 2020.

Spruce Pine Potters Market, Online, October 10 and 11, 2020.

Please Serve Yourself; Craft + the Home Kitchen, Penland Gallery, Penland NC, October 9-November 15, 2020

The Plate Show III, Schaller Gallery, Baroda, MI, November 2020

Strong, Resilient, Feminine, Schaller Gallery, Baroda, MI, December 2020.


Courtney Martin Solo Exhibition, Arthur Butcher Art Gallery, Alexander Fine Arts Center at Concord University, Athens, WV. Jan 14 to Mar 8, 2019.

Southern Crossings Pottery Festival, Louisville, KY. March 1 and 2, 2019.

Smithsonian Craft Show, National Building Museum, Washington D.C. April 24- 28, 2019.

Edge, Focus, Design: Visual Building Blocks. Schaller Gallery, St Joseph, MI. July 2019.

Courtney Martin: New Work, Signature Shop, Atlanta, GA. August 10 to September 7, 2019

Cousins in Clay, Bakersville NC. August 31 and September 1, 2019.

12 Women 12 Voices, David McCune International Art Gallery, Fayetteville, NC. September 12 to November 9, 2019.

Spruce Pine Potters Market Invitational, Spruce Pine, NC. October 13, 13, 2019


Surface and Substance, Schaller Gallery, St Joseph, MI. March 2018.

The Southern Table, Mason Scharfenstein Museum of Art, Piedmont College, Demorest, Georgia. March 8 - April 6, 2018.

The Plate Show, Schaller Gallery, St Joseph, MI. June 2018.

Spruce Pine Potters Market Invitational, Spruce Pine, NC. October 13 and 14, 2018.

Solo Exhibition, In Tandem, Bakersville, NC, Feb 18- March 18.


Squared; Edges, Angles, Flattened Surfaces, Corners, Schaller Gallery, Saint Joseph, MI. April

7th Annual Potter’s Market, Potters of Madison County, Marshall, NC. April 7, 2017.

Confluence: a Woodfire Invitational, STARworks, Star NC. May 26 - August 19, 2017

Current Effects: Contemporary Woodfiring in Western North Carolina, Asheville Area Arts Council. Asheville, NC. May 19th-June 23rd, 2017

Degrees of Wood, In Tandem, Bakersville, NC. June 1st – 30th, 2017.

What’s for Dinner? NC Pottery Center, Seagrove, NC. August 5 to November 25, 2017

Michiana Pottery Tour, Guest of Justin Rothshank. Goshen, IN, September 22 to 24, 2017.

Spruce Pine Potters Market Invitational, Spruce Pine, NC. October 14 and 15, 2017.

Cups Show, Santa Fe Clay, Santa Fe, NM. November 17, 2017 to January 13, 2018


Clay, The Galleries: Cabarrus Arts Council, Concord, NC. November 11, 2016-January 21, 2017.

Winter Show, Greenhill Gallery, Greensboro, NC. December 4 2016- Jan 13, 2017.

Spruce Pine Potters Market Invitational, Spruce Pine, NC. Oct 8 and 9, 2016.

Irons in the Fire; The Many Faces of Iron in Ceramics, Companion Gallery, Humbolt, TN. September 2-30, 2016.

Smithsonian Craft Show, Washington DC. April 21-24, 2016.

6th Annual Potter’s Market, Potters of Madison County, April 2016.

La Mesa, Santa Fe Clay, NCECA Kansas City, March 16-19, 2016.


Cups: Hundreds of Cups, Santa Fe Clay, Santa Fe, NM. Dec 11, 2015- Jan 23, 2016.

1st annual Akira Satake Ceramics Invitational, Asheville Area Arts Council, Asheville, NC. Nov 4 to Dec 10, 2015.

Featured Potter, Lark and Key, Charlotte, NC. November 2015.

Spruce Pine Potters Market Invitational, Spruce Pine, NC. Oct 10 and 11, 2015.

Scratching the Surface, Red Lodge Clay Center, Red Lodge, MT. October 2-30, 2015.

Prized Pieces: The Makers Collection, North Carolina Pottery Center, Seagrove, NC. May 26 to October 5, 2015.

5th Annual Potter’s Market, Potters of Madison County, Marshall, NC. April 4, 2015

La Mesa, Santa Fe Clay at NCECA, Providence, RI. March 25-28, 2015

Functional Ceramics, Wayne Center for the Arts, Wooster, Ohio. March 19-April 18, 2015.


Spruce Pine Potters Market Invitational, Spruce Pine, NC. October 11 and 12, 2014.

Two, Lark and Key, Charlotte, NC. October 3 to November 1, 2014.

Greetings From North Carolina, Santa Fe Clay, Santa Fe. September 26 to November 8, 2014.

Potters Market Invitational, Mint Museum Randolph, Charlotte, NC. September 6, 2014.

Potters of the Roan, The Signature Shop, Atlanta, GA. May 17- June 28, 2014.

La Mesa, Santa Fe Clay at NCECA, Milwaukee, WI. March 19-22, 2014.

Winter Invitational; Clay and Paper, 9 East Contemporary Art, Huntington, NY. January 25 to March 16, 2014.

Southern Hospitality, Baltimore Clayworks, Baltimore, MD. January 11 to February 22, 2014.

Select Exhibitions from 2013 and earlier

Featured Artist Solo Exhibition, Crimson Laurel Gallery, Bakersville, NC. June 2013.

Yunomi Invitational, AKAR, Iowa City, IA. April 19 to May 17, 2013.

Teapot Series II, The Functional and the Conceptual, North Carolina Pottery Center , Seagrove, NC. February 2 to April 27, 2013.

An Artful Union, Art Cellar Gallery, Banner Elk, NC. August 2 to 25, 2012.

Potters of the Roan, Mahler Gallery, Raleigh, NC. May 6 to June 4, 2011.

Courtney Martin Exhibition, Ryubo Gallery. Naha City, Okinawa, Japan. July 20 to 26, 2010.

Studio Pots, Freehand Gallery, Los Angeles, CA. October 24 to November 21, 2009.

Function and Funk: The Pottery of Courtney Martin, Toe River Arts Council, Burnsville, NC. July 3 to August 15, 2009.



“Mastering Kilns and Firing: Raku, Pit, Barrel, Wood Firing and More” Lindsay Oesterritter, published by Quarto Publishing Group USA Inc. 2019

“Mastering Hand Building; Techniques, Tips, and Tricks for Slabs, Coils, and More” Sunshine Cobb, published by Quarto Publishing Group USA Inc. 2017

“Graphic Clay; Ceramic Surfaces and Printed Image Transfer Techniques” Jason Bige Burnett, published by Lark Books, 2015.

“500 Teapots; Second Edition”. Juried by Jim Lawton, Published by Lark Books, 2013.

“Studio Visit: Courtney Martin” Ceramics Monthly, December 2013. pp 30-33; 64.



Penland School of Craft, “Platters and Trays from Slabs and Coils” March 11-13, 2021- Online hand building workshop.

Penland School of Craft, “The Handled Tray” Online Demonstration Video, available Feb 2021.

Harvard Ceramics: Online Studio Visit with Courtney Martin. June 2020.

Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, July 2017. One week workshop about hand building with slabs and salt firing

Penland School of Craft, August 2017. Two week workshop about slab and coil building, decorative glazing using resist techniques, and atmospheric firing.



Regional Artist Project Grant 2006-2007. Recipient of funding towards building a single chamber, wood burning kiln. A collaborative funding effort of the North Carolina Arts

Council, Asheville Arts Council, Avery Arts Council, Madison County Arts Council, and Toe River Arts Council.

Founder and Organizer of Clay to Table: Clay to Table is an online event showcasing fine contemporary pottery. We aim to build and encourage community between potters and pottery lovers. Using our sales event, we create opportunities for sustaining careers in clay. Through educating folx about pottery, hosting an inclusive show, and by fundraising, we will work towards equity within the field.

Organizer for Cousins in Clay. 2019 to 2020



University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM

B.F.A. with an emphasis in Ceramics. Studied under Gina Bobrowski and Bill Gilbert.

Studies also included summer sessions in Mata Ortiz, Mexico with Juan Quezada. B.F.A.

exhibition in May 2001 at the South Broadway Cultural Center, Albuquerque, NM.

Workshop Assistantships at Santa Fe Clay, Arrowmont, Penland, Odyssey.

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