About The Artist
Martha Rehkamp • Minneapolis, MN
Ceramics • CUSTOM COMMISSIONS
Martha Rehkamp lives in Minneapolis, MN creating clay sculptures that marry her background in arts education, her passion for gardening, and her love of experimentation. She began working in clay in 2012 at the Northern Clay Center and has continued her journey as part of the 2022 MN NICE cohort. Her recent sculptures depict the beauty inherent in fading garden forms. She uses the garden metaphor as a sly way to assert that aging is not to be feared.
Q&A with the Artist
Tell us how your work is made.
I collect mental images from nature and find a way to express them through clay using hand built slabs, molds and extrusions. There is an intuitiveness to my making in trying to get the clay to mimic natural forms. The challenge of my work is to find the time to manipulate and experiment with the clay to create forms that look effortless, and natural. I constantly experiment with different ways to do this and find useful tools and methods that can change the outcome. I want to capture the essence of nature’s forms without trying to duplicate them. Arranging them into still lifes and vignettes requires careful observation over months and constant rearranging until the final form is decided on.