Martin McWilliam

1957 -

Artists Statement

"What I am looking for in my work with 'clay and fire' lies in their own essential beauty and the play between them - a beauty subjective , difficult to define, control or repeat - something to do with chance coincidence. My methods are as simple / direct as possible where chance has space to surprise. This leads me along a narrow ridge between my will and that of the material".

"I make coil/slab-built Stoneware "Trompe-l'œil" objects, coloured with kaolin slips all wood-fired in a 6 ku/m chamber kiln. They give the idea of simple bowls and jars, of a tradition that has given me a lifelong fascination, but take them into another space of the mind".

"ever tried,
ever failed,
never mind, try again, fail again,
fail beautifully"
("fail better" S. Beckett")

The trompe l’oeil effects and multidimensional construction of his ceramic works are exciting and always command a ‘second take.” The pieces are wood fired.

Martin McWilliam will soon be visiting faculty at The Banff Centre (Banff); he has participated in residencies at that institution as well as many others around the world.

He was born in South Africa and lived in England until, during a ceramic residency over 30 years ago; he met and married a wonderful German lady. He has made his home and studio in Germany ever since that time. He regularly shows in London, England.