I began my love for working in clay in the late 1970’s after taking classes through the City of Clearwater. At that time the City of Clearwater did not have electric wheels, so I learned to throw on a kick wheel, creating my own power in making my pottery. Marriage, kids and life got in the way so I fell away from the creative side of pottery but my heart has always been pulled toward pottery when visiting Art Festivals.
In early 2010, my family and I visited St. Petersburg Clay Company and Highwater Clay as our daughter needed a tool for her high school ceramic’s class. My husband and daughters encouraged me to enroll in classes through the Morean Arts Center for Clay that summer. I found that, like riding a bicycle, I had not really forgotten the basics of how to throw a pottery bowl. It was an adjustment to use an electric wheel, but I know that 30 years later I could never have used a kick wheel!
I am currently a member at the Clay Center of St. Petersburg, St. Petersburg, Florida, where my work is on exhibit and available for purchase. My work is also on display and available for purchase at the Cat’s Meow in Pineville, Georgia, near Calloway Gardens and at Criativity in Largo, Florida.
I have always had a love for making bowls, but my new passion is making yarn bowls specifically for holding yarn while knitting or crocheting and keeping the yarn away from frisky kittens.
I am a lifelong (5th generation) Florida Cracker and live in Clearwater, Florida. I am married and we have two lovely daughters.
Martha C. Stolz