Me with plate
Martin Tyler

I have been working with clay by hand and on the potter’s wheel for most of my life.  I trained at art college in Farnham under renowned potters Henry Hammond and Paul Barron. I maintained my own studio during a teaching career, and continued to develop forms inspired by sources from around the world, using a potter’s wheel I built at Farnham. Pots were exhibited at frequent solo and group Art staff exhibitions.

I have been thrilled to have been able to immerse myself since 2016 in working in my studio and taking part in activities including Surrey Artists’ Open Studios, acting as a visiting artist in a school and exhibiting my work.

I also draw and paint and I make use of the sketchbooks I have filled during more than 40 years as sources of inspiration for my work in clay. Each piece is hand-made, glazed and decorated, making it a unique piece of art. I make my own glazes from materials including local clay and wood ash. These are applied when the work is still damp and all my pottery is fired just once.  Decoration makes use of sgraffito, paper and brushwork resist, combing and sprigging and colour is often introduced through the use of clay slips. I fire to 1280°C in a reducing atmosphere which enables my work to include for example copper red in the glazes.

All the pottery is oven- and dishwasher-safe.

I exhibit my work with the following groups:

Surrey Artists’ Open Studios: https://surreyopenstudios.org.uk

Surrey Guild of Craftsmen: http://surreyguildofcraftsmen.co.uk

North Surrey Artists: https://www.northsurreyartists.co.uk/

Wey Ceramics Society: http://weyceramics.co.uk