In both her sculptural and her functional work, this clay artist looks to images from Mimbres pottery, Inuit art and ancient cave painting in France and Spain. Martye is drawn to what she terms the “exquisite, funny animals, both real and imagined” portrayed in this work, finding inspiration for her own signature narratives involving bears and ravens. Sculptures at The Grand Hand are handbuilt earthenware, brushed with terra sigillata and fired in sawdust.
Martye earned a BFA in painting from Wittenberg University in Ohio and studied ceramics with Warren MacKenzie at the University of Minnesota. Her home and studio are at Lake Nebagamon, WI.