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Martha Grattan

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About MarthaGrattan

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Art and Every Day Life

I am a lover of wildlife and the natural world.
It is the melding of beauty and function that draws me in. Plants, animals and the elements work together with harmony in nature. My goal as an artist is to recreate that aesthetic of beauty, form and function. To convey the idea of natural patterns, I use a lot of tessellations in my work. I develop these designs on paper first and then create molds and stamps in clay. Then I use the finished clay elements as a vehicle to integrate the patterns back into my work. This gives my pieces a suggestion of fish scales, water or leaves.
I want my work to reflect the simplicity and durability found in nature. I also want my art to be functional and a joy to use. I like handles that grip comfortably and pitchers that pour elegantly. My glazes are food safe and each piece will stand up to the microwave, oven and dishwasher. Like nature, I want the everyday element to be beautiful as well and useful. I focus on simple colors schemes that integrate easily with any décor.
My favorite medium is white stoneware clay fired at Cone 10. The high fire ensures durability with complex, yet subtle color.
I have studied art in many forms over the years. As I child I spent hours painting, drawing and building animals out of clay. As a young adult I studied fine art at the Center for Creative Studies in Detroit. Later I transferred to Arizona State University to study communications and Graphic Design. I dropped out when I managed to land my first design job. Early on, I worked at various ad agencies and publishing houses in the Detroit area. My last job as a designer was in Corporate Communications at Consumers Energy in Jackson Michigan.
A few years after relocating from Michigan to Cape Coral, Florida, I took a pottery class on a whim. Right from the start, I was hooked. Working in clay allows me to do all the things I love about art and design. I find that my years of work as a visual communicator helps me to create thoughtful art that integrates into daily life. I feel very strongly that art should be beautiful, accessible, fun and useful. These ideals are the true historical tradition of art in relation to humanity. I strive to maintain this tradition with every piece I create.

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  • Martha Grattan

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    I am the creator in chief of my piece of paradise. I spend most days either planning, developing, or making art. The rest of my time is divided up between my volunteer projects that support my all favorite causes.To know more, find me on Face Book.

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Last updated on May 10, 2022
Thank you for stopping in. If you are looking for something not pictured here, please note that I do take special orders. Custom items will require a 50% non-refundable deposit and take six weeks to produce. Have fun shopping and let me know if I can help you. -M

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We will be happy to refund the purchase price of an item that is returned in undamaged condition. We will not cover shipping costs on returned items. All items are shipped with insurance. If you item arrives damaged you will be able to claim the insurance from the shipping company. Items that are returned damaged or have other issues will be negotiated on a case by case basis.