Martha Rehkamp Ceramics
About The Artist
Martha Rehkamp • Minneapolis, MN
Ceramics • CUSTOM COMMISSIONS
My work as a ceramic artist is an examination of life’s impermanence. Fading ceramic flowers are composed into still life bouquets and assemblages, juxtaposing formality with organic fragility. While colors are muted and have lost their vibrancy, the work invites closer examination and hints at the beauty still within. I use the garden metaphor as a sly way to assert that aging is not to be feared. The fading plants show the grace and resilience of aging forms and their inherent beauty.
Q&A with the Artist
Tell us how your work is made.
I primarily use stoneware porcelain because I love the white background to lay my delicate colors on. I am a hand builder using slab techniques and tools I fashion myself - anything that will help me create forms that imitate nature. My goal is not to copy nature, but to leave something to my viewers imagination. I gather plant material from my garden and add dried, pressed, or painted elements to many of my pieces as a nod to the resilience of dried plant life.