Swirling with kiddos running in blurrs, stopping just long enough to flash their raccoon tail pinned on their jacket, a stop at Kirke Martin’s M4 Studios and home is a feast for the senses. As a dad of three young boys, Kirke has kept his hands in clay, but has also kept his family outside, in the rivers and on the trails.
Nestled in the hills of Keedysville MD, Kirke fires two wood kilns, works on the wheel and handbuilds, and dapples in a bit of local clay usage. His pots have subtle surfaces, whispering about the ash and flame, mimicking the woodlands and rivers, giving you a moment to rest your eyes before continuing on in your day.
As a nod to his heritage and training, Kirke is part of the Apprenticelines exhibit in Providence RI this month, as part of NCECA, the National Conference for Education in Ceramic Arts.
As a founding member of Potomac Clay Weekend, Kirke represents a lively blend of a life focused in clay, and active in nature. Kayaking, skiing, biking, running, hiking….he does it all, and with his family. Not shy to steep Appalachian Trail hikes, or kayaking with 5, Kirke can answer your questions about ‘getting out there’ with your family, or good spots for short legs and arms to learn the ropes.
And when you come in off of the river, take a short detour to M4 Studios….you just may find a cup or plate that reflects the water’s surface today, or the chance to sign up for one of his classes to learn more.